As a family law attorney in Texas, I often get asked about the process of changing a child’s last name. Specifically, clients often want to know if it’s possible to change a child’s last name to that of a stepparent without adopting the child.
The short answer is that it is technically possible, but it is very difficult to do unless both biological parents agree and the court determines that it is in the best interest of the child. If there is no agreement between the two biological parents, a contested hearing will have to be held, and evidence will have to be presented to the court as to why it is in the child’s best interest to have their last name changed to that of the stepparent.
It’s important to note that changing a child’s last name is a serious matter and should not be taken lightly. The court will carefully consider all relevant factors before making a decision on whether to grant the change.
If you have questions about changing a child’s last name, or any other family law issue, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As a skilled family law attorney, I am here to help you navigate the legal process and advocate for your rights and the best interests of your child. So, If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Schedule a consultation.