A child born out of wedlock will take his father’s last name, a common pleas court judge has ruled, despite the mother’s desire to give the boy her own name.

The judge admitted the father’s request to change the child’s name was somewhat “patriarchal and outdated” but granted it anyway, based in part on his opinion that the mother fought the change out of her own anger toward the father.In re Change of Name of Jacob Michael Brzostowski, PICS Case No. 99-1599 (C.P. Northumberland July 1, 1999) Feudale, S.J. (14 pages), Northumberland County Common Pleas Court Senior Judge Barry Feudale granted Robert Belfanti’s petition to change his child’s last name from the mother’s to his own.

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