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I am a NJ resident. I am 20 week pregnant now and I am not

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I am a NJ resident. I am 20 week pregnant now and I am not married to the baby's father. There are a lot of things I could not compromise with the baby's father so I decide not to marry him. I have a decent job and a home property. I can financially support my baby. Also, my mom can fully support me to take care of the baby when I go to work. Even though it is uncertain that the baby's father will financially support the baby or not (because he might promise one thing and then not do it), I would still name my baby's last name as the father's last name because I am quite traditional. I think the child deserves to have the father's last name regardless the father supports the child financially or not. So far I understand as a single mom, I have a full custody of my child. My questions are: 1) Will there be a problem when I travel with my baby and go through the custom if the baby's last name is XXXXX XXXXX my maiden name? I can provide a birth certificate to prove I am the mother but not sure if this is enough document. 2) Will there be a lot of questions asked or issues when I start helping my baby to apply for school if his last name is XXXXX XXXXX mine? 3) Given the above, do I need an attorney to file any paper to prove that I have a full custody of my child? Really appreciate for any guidance you can provide.
Thank you for using JustAnswer. I am JudgeLaw and I will do whatever I can to answer your question and provide excellent service.

You are correct, as a single mom with no court order to the contrary, you have full legal and physical custody.

So long as there is no dispute, such as a petition filed by the father for joint custody, there is not going to be any questions regarding you maternal custody rights and a birth certificate is all you would need to provide as prima facie evidence of those maternal rights.

There are no special questions going to be asked of you when your child goes to school, as blended families are nothing new and the schools are used to families with multiple names. Nor is there anything special your attorney needs to do unless the father initiates something to get a change in the status quo.

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