What is the name of your state? TX
I have a 3.5 year old daughter who has her father's last name. He signed the birth certificate. We have never been married. I want to know what steps (and cost) do I need to take to change her last name to mine or at least have it hyphenated. Everything I have seen is the best interest of the child. I am both Mother and Father to my daughter and usually have to argue with her father to get more than $25.00 in child support. He is under a court order to pay child support , but the AG's office says the $25.00 shows he is trying. I am also the custodial parent. He has visitation but has maybe seen her 10 times her entire life. I have emails from him stating he wants to terminate his parental rights so that I can not bother him about paying child support. His two older daughter's have myspaces pages that list how much they hate him because he was never around etc.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.