Hello. I urge you to have attorney assistance at this time. You stated you have received 'court papers' pertaining to this, so, of course, the attorney will want to view those papers. The attorney will want to view the existing Minnesota court order governing custody, and likely will need to take a look at the governing statute or statutes of the state that made such an order. In certain cases, it is possible that the parent who petitioned the court for a name change of a child did not represent to the deciding court the correct facts pertaining to custody and prior court orders. Any Minnesota licensed attorney may assist you. Some attorneys are available seven days for emergency legal needs. Many attorneys will confer initially at no charge. Then, if legal work is performed, some attorneys will provide a reduced fee for financial hardship. Some attorneys may also assist you in limited scope manner to conserve legal costs. All the best.
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No, a court should not be able to change the name without notice to you. In addition, if the child has never lived in that state, the ordering court would not have jurisdiction over the child. I suggest you contact a local family law attorney to review the paperwork to see if it's legitimate and if so, to remedy the situation in Minnesota.
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