Saint Paul, MN asked in Family Law for Minnesota

Q: Want to go back to my maiden name and hyphenate my son (3)to my maiden and my ex’s last name. Will a judge allow it?

Ex is against it. The divorce was defaulted because he didn’t show up or respond. We have 50/50 legal custody, I have 100% physical custody with him having supervised visatuon. He sees my son once to twice a month (whenever he asks) and he doesn’t pay any child support. Has nothing to do with my son other than the few hours my son spends at his parents house with him once or twice a month. My ex says he will fight it and show up to court this time if I try to do this. I want the same last name as my son, but hate having my exes last name still. Do you think a judge would allow my sons last name to be hyphanted to my maiden name and my exes name, even if my ex doesn’t agree?

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1 Lawyer Answer

Lisa Watson Cyr

Answered
  • Oakdale, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: To seek a name change for your minor child, you will need to follow the correct procedure. The following link provides the forms and instructions you would need if you plan to seek the name change for your son without an attorney: www.mncourts.gov/Documents/4/Public/Forms/Name_Change_Minor_Sept_2014.pdf

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