Let’s say I’m a married woman who had an affair and got pregnant. What if I decide that I’m giving the baby my husband’s name what are the legal or moral ramifications?
Obviously you can’t just give a child fathered by someone else your husband’s name unless you are engaging in deceit and pretending the child is your husband’s child. If your husband knows the child is not his and he still stays married to you then it would be up to him to decide if it’s okay with him to give the child his name, assuming it’s a simple case where the other father is not involved and it’s just you and your husband deciding to do this. What laws would govern this kind of thing I have no clue. I’m thinking since the child isn’t really your husband’s child then there could be legal issues surrounding the choice to put your husband’s name on the birth certificate; but how many times in history has it happened where someone is named on a birth certificate as a child’s father even though they are not in fact the father. I’m sure it’s happened countless times. If the real father isn’t a factor and and your husband is in agreement to do this then I would say it’s nobody’s business at the end of the day; but these deep dark family secrets do have a way of eventually coming out and causing problems down the road. Your child won’t remain a baby for very long.