I'm 19, turning 20 on July. When I was born, my parents were not yet married. So in my original birth cert, im illegitimate and registered under my mother's surname. When they got married, i was legitimate and used my father's surname. My birth certificate has annotation on the side indicating my father's surname. and since then all the documents i have from baptismal to school records are in my father's surname.
7 years ago, my parents got separated, but not legally. My father is a douche bag, he didnt work to provide in the family and just let my mom work abroad and he did nothing. The very reason they got separated. Now my mother wants me to use her surname again since it is indicated in my original birth cert.
my question is: Is that possible? Would there be any chance that i can opt to choose what surname to use? And if so, do i need to file a petition from court so i could change my surname in all of my documents and school records? Does my father has any say on this or right to prevent me in using my mother's surname instead of his? Thanks!