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Has paternity been established by a DNA test....or is paternity in question?
If you were not married, then the father has no legal relationship with the child. However, a legal relationship can be formed through the father’s signing of an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. Signing this form allows a father to add his name to the child’s birth certificate, thereby establishing a legal relationship.
However, if the child bears the father's last name and the father objects, you may have to attempt to terminate the parental rights of the father in order to change the last name.