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Thank you for your patience. I understand what you want to do, unfortunately legally it may not possible.In Michigan, to change the name of a child who is less than 14 years old, both legal parents must agree to the proposed name change. If both parents do not consent, the custodial parent must prove to the court that the noncustodial parent has not provided regular or substantial support for the child, or has not substantially complied with a court order for support, for 2 years before the filing of the petition, and that the noncustodial parent has substantially failed to contact or visit the child for 2 years before the filing of the petition. The noncustodial parent must be given legal notice of the hearing and an opportunity to object to the proposed name change. The legal parents' rights are NOT terminated by a name change. Thus, if the father does not consent, you will not be able to file a petition at this time.Similarly, while there is an application for removal of father on birth record in Michigan, it requires proof of non-paternity. In other words, a man who is the biological father is not going to be allowed to simply act as if he is not the father and have his name removed, even if both parents consent.Please remember to kindly leave a positive rating for me by clicking on the stars, as that is the only way experts are paid for their time even though you may have already paid a deposit to the site. Follow-up questions asked in this thread do not cost anything additional after leaving a positive rating.If you need clarification about my answer or additional information, please use the SEND or REPLY button to continue our conversation. Your satisfaction is my goal and I am here to help!
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