In America, if a woman remarries, do her children also change their surname?
If the woman has custody of the children?
- The Football GodLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
They don’t have to. My stepchildren didn’t. But their father was and is still a part of their lives. My niece on the other hand had divorced a man that turned to crime to support a crack habit. She moved back home and changed the kids name to her maiden name. I guess it just depends.
- ObserverLv 72 months ago
It depends on the situation of the remarriage. In most cases the children would retain their Biological fathers name, even if the woman has custody of the children.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Usually not. If the stepfather adopts them, they change their names. Each family has its own situation. Some children feel funny when their mom and (step) dad use "Smith" but their surname is "Jones". Some keep their bio dad's surname as a mark of love and respect.
- Sir CausticLv 62 months ago
Oh, yes. Yes, they do. Not just the surname. They also have to take the first name of the father....... even the girls. They also have to take the starsign of the father, and wear his clothes on public holidays.
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- martinLv 72 months ago
No. They keep their surnames from the father.
- LiliLv 72 months ago
Normally, no. Why would they?
The only circumstance in which they do this is when the new husband legally adopts them, and he usually doesn't do that unless the children's biological father is dead.