I'm filing a petition for name change in the state of Pennsylvania, on behalf of my 17 year old son. He wants to take my last name since his father was a deadbeat and has not seen him since he was two. I know per PA law I have to send by certified mail the order for publication to his father's last known address. If his father doesn't respond, or live at the last known address, and I show the judge that I made an attempt to locate him, will the judge still grant the name change request?
Typically a minor won't be able to change his/her name without the consent of both parents. I understand you're having difficulting having his father served. It might be best, and least trouble/cost, to just wait until the child is 18 and then no parental consent is needed.
Good luck. Contact a family law attorney in your area if you need more help.
I think you're confusing service via mail and service via publication. Review the rule. If the local domestic relations office believes this is a procedural question, they may assist you. If not, consult with a family law attorney so that this is done correctly and efficiently.
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