Should the baby have their father’s last name?
Your reasons for doing this or not should be beyond sentimental. There are longstanding legal consequences. For instance, if the father is listed on the birth certificate, and if your child has a different last name than you, this can affect obtaining a passport and your ability to travel with your child without written consent from the father. More seriously, if the father’s name is on the birth certificate, he can assert his parental rights at any time. On the positive side, if his name is on the birth certificate, then it will be easier for you to receive child support. Research the laws in your state and consider the pros and cons. But remember, naming the baby with his last name isn’t going to make him love you more or make him do anything he doesn’t want to do.