Re: Help With Changing Daughters Last Name - In California
She will find no such paperwork at the Family Law Courthouse. It doesn't exist on its own.
Not with a TPR
The court usually has a facilitator at courthouse who can help you with paperwork.
Yes, he/she does.
He/she does not give legal advice!
She can change the child's name without the TPR by just doing a legal name change, which might I add will be significantly cheaper than an outright adoption.
Once the TPR has been ordered you can begin adoption process and eventually change child's name.
However I would advise you to seek help from an Attorney as mistakes can seriously delay process
OP... You need to decide what you want to do... be it an adoption or just a name change. A name change will cost you $320 plus publication fees. An adoption... much more than that, but that depends on how involved (legally) your husband would like to be in your child's life. At this point, he has no legal standing if something were to happen to you, however, if he were to adopt her, then he would be dad, and not just some man you married. That's something to think about.
With a name change (only) your daughter's father still has his legal rights intact and he has the ability to come in and out as much as he pleases. Not that I condone TPR's just for the heck of it, but an adoption may be the smarter way to go, especially if your ex is consenting.
By the way, he is not your child's deadbeat, he's yours. You chose him.
If you wanted babies all to yourself, you should have created them by yourself. Until you do that, children have the right to BOTH parents, especially since you found them suitable to procreate with.