August 13, 2008
Appellate Court Upholds Name Change Of Minor Children Despite Father's Objections
In a decision dated November 19, 2007, the Court of Appeals of Ohio upheld a trial court's decision to grant a name change application filed on behalf of two minor children, despite the natural father’s objections. Among other factors, the Court noted that the natural father was incarcerated and that he would continued to be incarcerated for a lengthy period of time. The Court determined that the proposed name change was in the children’'s best interests to avoid embarrassment that arose from having a different surname from the residential parent. The Decision was entered in the matter In Re: Change of Name of M.W.R. et al.