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My step daughter has always gone by my last name. Her

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biological father signed away his...
My step daughter has always gone by my last name. Her biological father signed away his rights many years ago. She is 15 and wants her name to be " Baker" instead of the name on her birth certificate which is "Hunt".
JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?
Customer: North Carolina
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No. Several years ago we had intentions for me to adopt her but time got away from us and now we hope that we can just change her name.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I think that is all.
Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Family Law
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

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.

Here are the forms and instructions:

http://nc.legal-aid.com/can-i-represent-myself/name-change-claims/for-minors/

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