My question involves name change laws in the State of: New York
I have full custody of my 2 boys. They have their biological father's last name. I am wanting to change their name to my maiden name. I do know that I have to live in this state 6 months. Their biological father has not seen the boys since Oct 2011, but has contacted them on the phone July 2012. Their biological father is a career criminal and is currently in jail and will be going to prison for an extended amount of time. He is ordered to pay child support, but is currently behind on that. He has 6 Class C felonies and 2 class D felonies. I am wanting to revoke his parental rights. But I guess my main question is: Me and my current boyfriend are getting married and he wants to adopt the boys. Once we get married and he adopts them, do they have to take his last name or can they keep my maiden name?