Q: Can my child be enrolled under a former last name if the order was made to change and it has been changed for +1 year?
I, Dad, have joint legal custody, whereas 'Mom' has paramount physical, custody, and care. In the order, I was granted permission to change one of our daughters' names (Child S) as the other already had my last name (Child F). Child S is enrolled in school as SR instead of SH. She was informed of this over a year ago and still refuses to get a current birth certificate and register SH under the correct name. Is this legal? It is so difficult to get a lawyer to represent a Dad fighting for more than the standard birthday package. What can I do to help my children?
You certainly recognize the problem, and the fact that a lawyer could help. You can order a birth certificate at the clerk's office in the county where she was born if it is in Florida. In other situations, contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the state of birth.
Once you have a certified copy of the birth certificate you can begin your campaign in earnest.
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