Q & A: Who decides what a child’s last name should be?

At the hospital, the mother can choose the child’s last name. The parents must agree to keep or change the child’s last name when they sign the Recognition of Parentage.

As part of a Paternity Adjudication, the court must make an order about the child’s name. If the parents do not agree, the court will decide what name is in the child’s best interest.

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