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changing the children's last name 7 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 1  
I have a friend that has children from a prior marriage. Actually the marriage ended over 8 years ago. The deadbeat father has not paid child support and has not been part of the lives of his sons. The boys do not know their father but carry his last name. If the mother has not been in contact with the genetic father, the genetic father has not paid child support, his location is unknown, and the children do not know him, then can the mother legally change the last name of tbe boys without the permission of the absent father? State is Albama (Mobile).
 
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Re:changing the children's last name 7 Years, 9 Months ago Karma: 0  
I know my response may be late but if you subscribe to the RSS feeds then you will get this reply.

The probate court will likely request that you perform some search and make some attempt to notify the children's legal father to see if he contests the name change. The fact that the father has not paid child support is a factor, but the biological factor needs to receive notice so that he can accept or contest the mother's intentions.

Worse case, the father appears and the court makes him pay back child support!
 
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