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I am very sorry to hear about this situation. On this website, I do not always get to give good news, and this is one of these times. I understand that hearing things less than optimal is not easy, and I empathize. Thanks in advance for not "shooting the messenger."A formal name change of a minor must be done via the court, which includes notifying the other parent. If the other parent replies to the Court and is opposed to the change, then the Court holds a hearing and decides.
It sounds like this is what has happened here. The Court denied the change request.
It is not possible to change the minor's name via any other avenue.
Now you can of course file another similar pleading to change the middle name (or add to it), but then the same is likely to happen - maybe - it depends on the Judge who has WIDE discretion here. Perhaps the Judge will be more agreeable since this is a middle name as opposed to the last name.
He can change his name formally at 18
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