Q: She gave birth and i never knew about it, i received a paternity summon for court from her. The papers have the child name and she put my last name on the child without my consent! I dont want that child to have my last name. I will pay the child support but i want no visitation rights nor nothing to do with this child nor her. Is there a form i need to have that last name changed? and also im not sure if she has me in the birth certificate like his father. Also the mother is under public assistance is it true that i have to put the child under my health insurance? if shes under public assistance they automatically get medicaid. I dont know how the courts in Yonkers are nor their rules for all this.
A: You would need to file a change of name proceeding in Civil Court to get the child's name changed. And yes, generally even if the child's on Medicaid, you will either need to put the child on your insurance, or reimburse the County for the costs of Medicaid. Call a Westchester Family Law attorney to schedule a consult for more info.