My question involves name change laws in the State of: Maryland
My son is 3 years old and I have not heard from his father since he was 9 months. I receive no support from the father, we were never married, and his name is not on my child's birth certificate. I gave my son the father's last name but I would like to change it to my name before he starts school. I know the father will not give me permission. What steps can I take to make this happen? Thank you.