Hi everyone. I know this won't apply to a lot of folks, but I am wondering if anyone can give me advice from experience about how it is to have a different last name from your child. I am not a single parent now but will be having a baby this fall, and one of the options under consideration is giving the baby a unique last name to be just his own, different from mine.
For any of you that are differently surnamed from your offspring, can you tell me where, if ever, you run into difficulties with third parties? (This is more about logistics, and not including any grief from extended family members, which I know can be considerable).
Places where I have been imagining trouble include scenarios where someone might demand that I "prove" I'm really his mother:
- signing child out from school
- traveling with child, especially internationally
- extra hoops at the doctor's office / hospital
- managing health insurance
- opening/administering joint accounts with child
Also, if you have had issues, what do you usually do to resolve them? Do you have to fax a birth certificate around?