My question involves name change laws in the State of: Chicago, Illinois.
My daughter will be 3 soon. I would like to change her "fathers" last name to my last name. He is a total stranger to her and a total deadbeat. Last time he saw her she was a few months old. NO CHILD SUPPORT. NOTHING! Well it would be so much easier to enroll her in school and everything else with her last name legally changed to my last name. He doesn't show up at his child support meetings which has been going on for over a year now. I don't even know where he lives. His parents wont accept any paper work for him. I know i need his consent but is there another way of "letting him know" about this? I heard posting the court date in the newspaper but not too sure if that applies for illinois. Out of spite he will say NO but i feel he has no say since he does NOTHING! I also want to do this before she gets enrolled into school and without having to pay hundreds of dollars...... please HELP!