The process of petitioning the court to change a child’s name is relatively simple, but the judge will only allow the name change to go forward if they believe it to be in the best interest of the child. This means the standards will vary from case to case.
A court is likely to allow a name change in the following circumstances:
However, a court will be unlikely to allow a name change if both parents still have a relationship with the child and one of the parents opposes the change. It is still possible for the name change to go through, but there will likely need to be court hearings, during which the court will consider any or all of the following factors:
Common circumstances in which a parent might seek a name change include adoption, marriage into a new family or a desire to be rid of the name of a parent who was abusive or who abandoned the family.
If you’re interested in learning more about the steps you would need to take to seek a name change for any of your children, contact an experienced Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. with any questions you have.
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