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It is possible to do a name change outside an adoption. Assuming her mother's last name is ***** ***** as yours, that would help your case.
The petition must be filed by the mother. The father doesn't have to be notified if he has terminated his parental rights. There will be a hearing, where your stepdaughter will tell the judge that she agrees to the name change. Since everyone is in agreement about the change, the procedure should be fairly straightforward.
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