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    Default How to Change My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: Texas
    My son's legal last name is hyphenated with the mother's last name first and my last name second. The mother passed away last year.
    I am sole conservator of my son per court order. I presume I have to go through the legal system to change the last name to just
    be my (the father's) last name?

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    Yes, you would. Is there a reason your son shouldn't continue to have his mother's last name as well?

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

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    Yes, you would. Is there a reason your son shouldn't continue to have his mother's last name as well?
    As a corollary - how old is your son and (depending on his age) how does he feel about the change?

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    He is only 6 years old. She is deceased and it is a burden for a 6 year old to have to write such a long name on all school work.

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    I really don't see a court buying that reason but all you can do is try.

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

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    I really don't see a court buying that reason but all you can do is try.
    At the end of the day it's not ordinarily difficult to convince a court to grant an uncontested petition for a name change.

    I would nonetheless suggest having a better reason than "It takes a long time for the child to write his name", in order to meet the best interest standard that the court is expected to apply.

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    There is no reason that you can't work with the school and so they allow the child to write a shorter version of his name.

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

    let your son decide. It's his late mum's name... he doesn't have to write out his full last name in school on test's or homework. just talk to the teacher.

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    Default Re: Changing My Child's Hyphenated Last Name

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    He is only 6 years old. She is deceased and it is a burden for a 6 year old to have to write such a long name on all school work.
    As others have stated - it should be quite easy to work with the school to allow him to just write part of the last name on tests, homework, etc. Why erase part of who he is? She will always be the mother who gave him birth.

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