My son was 13 when I changed his last name. He hadn’t seen his father in 5 years by that point. We filed the paperwork, and my son even asked to change his middle name. I was actually fine with it because his dad picked it and I always hated it (I got to pick his first name). Anyway, so I filed the paperwork, and I had to notify my ex. And, of course, he never responded. So we show up to court at 9am, the judge hears the case, grants it, and we leave. In the 30 minutes it takes me to get home, I get a call from the court - my ex (the POS who literally moved to another state more than 12 hours away in order to avoid having to pay child support) is there and he “has a right to be heard”. Which meant that I had to go all the way back to court (and I’m missing work for this). At that point, he tells the judge that he misses his son and that his son wouldn’t want to change his name if he had a relationship with him (the only reason he doesn’t, is because of my ex). Long story short, my ex then feeds the bs line that he just wants to hear it from my son. Judge adjourns for a month out so my son can call or text my ex to tell him why. I have him do it that night, to get it over with. Send the screenshots to the judge and go to court a month later. Where I was accused of texting my ex instead of my son because my teenage son didn’t call him “daddy”. The judge didn’t buy it and, again, ruled in my favor. Then told my ex to use that as a wake up call to build and have a relationship with his son. It’s been over a year. I received one threatening text from my ex at the beginning of April that if I didn’t let him talk to my son that he’d call the cops on me. That’s the only time my ex messaged since the judgement.
He was also really nasty at this time about changing his last name after he knew he couldn’t have my son. In retrospect, I wouldn’t change his last name. He was a liar, and even admitted to it, which is what made my ex so angry about it and the constant name-calling. So, for the most part, it hasn’t impacted my son at all. My ex never got the child support he sought, and I ended up going to a lawyer who I never would have gone too otherwise. I also took it all in stride and got over it fast. My friend told me that she had no idea when she got to her teenage years that she was about to face the same thing. But it's a reality check, and I have dealt with it by letting it blow over when it needs to blow over. After.