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Who is the “petitioner” and who is the “respondent” in a child's name change case?

In a case to change a child's last name, the petitioner is the person asking the court to change the child’s name.

Who is the respondent? The petition must list the child’s living parents (whose rights have not been terminated) as the respondent. Anyone else who has been named by a court as the child’s managing conservator or legal guardian must also be listed as a respondent.

 

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