||[Apr. 9th, 2008|01:00 pm]
The Question Club
OK, TQC, this might be a tough one, but I'd like to settle a bit of an argument between me and a friend of mine. Nothing too major, but I'm pretty sure I'm right, and she insists that she's right. Which is where you all come in, because I'm hoping someone in here will actually know the right answer.|
My friend's twenty-year-old cousin just gave birth to a baby boy at 5 AM this morning. My friend is all excited about it, obviously, and was telling me all about the baby on the way to breakfast this morning (including his name, which is, wow, as we were saying, just ridiculously long.) The baby's name is Jacob Thomas William Cooper-Adams.
Now. It's the "Cooper-Adams" bit that has caused the small argument between us. Apparently, the cousin decided to give the baby a hyphenated last name because she and her boyfriend are (obviously) not married, are not even close to being engaged, and she didn't want the baby just to have the father's last name in case they broke up. But, she didn't want to give him just her last name in case they got married, because then the father would have to adopt the child in order for him to have his father's last name.
I say that's bullshit, because even if the mother chose to give the baby just her last name for now, and they decided to get married in the future, why would the father have to adopt his own biological child in order for that child to take his last name? There's no dispute over this guy being the biological father; his name is on the birth certificate, so why in the hell would he need to adopt the baby in order to give it his last name? It doesn't make one bit of sense to me, and I used to work for Vital Statistics back in my home province and I know I had more than one case where a couple would come in with that exact same situation, and all they needed to do was fill out a "legal name change" form and voila! In ten business days, it was done. And this couple lives in the same province I'm from, so...unless the rules have changed majorly, I'm pretty sure I'm right.
But what say you, TQC? In the case of a baby being given his mother's last name at birth, would the biological father have to actually adopt the child if, in the future, the couple decided to marry and they wanted the child to have the father's last name?