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    Default How to Change My Wife's Kids Last Name to Mine

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: texas
    My girlfriend and I are wanting to get married but one thing we want to know is if we can change her kids last names to mine. She has legally adopted these kids and changed there names then to hers since we were not together for that long. But now since we have been together for a while and I am the only father figure they know and love them as if they were my own she wants them to have my last name when we get married. She has herd that I would have to adopt them to change there names its not that I don't want to its just that it cost 4000 per child for her to do it and that would come out to 12000 and we can't afford that. So can I change them with out adopting them

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    Default Re: Wanting to Change My Wife's Kids Last Name to Mine

    Is she the SOLE parent? IE, did she adopt as a single parent?
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    Default Re: Wanting to Change My Wife's Kids Last Name to Mine

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    Is she the SOLE parent? IE, did she adopt as a single parent?
    Yes she adopted as a single parent

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    Default Re: Wanting to Change My Wife's Kids Last Name to Mine

    If she's the sole legal parent - nobody else has rights - then the name change petition would be heard based upon her petition and testimony. There would be nobody to oppose the petition. That doesn't guarantee a name change, but it makes it pretty likely that the kids' names would be allowed to be changed to match mom's new name.

    $4,000 per child sounds more like what you might pay for adoption without being married, unless for some reason stepparent adoption is ridiculously complicated in your state. To the extent that a social services study is needed, while they can run into the thousands, one should be sufficient for all three kids (and most states permit waiver or a reduced scope home study for stepparents).

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