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I want to change a child's name but can’t find the child’s parents, conservators, or legal guardian.

If you cannot find the child’s parents, conservators, or legal guardians after looking really hard, you must have them served legal guardian by publication in a local newspaper. You must also hire a lawyer to serve as the parents’, conservators', or legal guardian’s attorney ad litem.

For more information see Service by Publication. This process is complicated and can be expensive. If you can’t find the child’s parents, conservators, or legal guardians, it’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer before going to the next step.

 

 

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