I have a 21 months old, I would like to change his middle name. Do I need to get his father's consent? I'm not married to the child's father and never was. The father is on the birth certificate and did sign the Parentage of Recognition form. The father is not in the picture anymore and I don't want to get in touch with him.
The father must be notifed of the application for name change under Minn. Stat. 259.10.
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By Statute, the father must be served notice of the application for name change. The method of service that will suffice may vary, depending upon whether the father can be found for service of if his whereabouts are unknown. If he cannot be found for service, you can apply to the court for permission to serve him via alternate means (often by published notice).
Per the instructions for a minor name change that are available through the Judicial Branch website:
PARENTAL NOTICE OF NAME CHANGE OF A MINOR: Minnesota Statute §259.10 states that no minor child's name may be changed without both parents having notice of the pending application of change of name. The applicant must show proof that the non-applicant parent(s) has received notification of the Application for Name Change of a Minor.
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