Confidential Name Change - Minor Child 13 Years / Younger
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Who may petition?
The petition for confidential name change for a minor child 13 years or younger can be made by: a. Both living parents, the sole surviving parent, or the sole adoptive parent of the minor child; b. One of the parents of the minor child who has two living parents and paternity has been established; or c. The mother, and the minor child is a non-marital child who is not adopted or whose parents have not married, and paternity of the minor child has not been established. d. The legal guardian/custodian of the minor child because either both parents are dead or the parental rights of both parents have been terminated by judicial proceedings. If the non-petitioning parent has been convicted of a violation of any o the state laws listed under §786.36(1m)(c), Wis. Stats., the Petition for Name Change for Minor Child Under 14 - Parent With Criminal Conviction is to be completed. View additional information for Name Changes - Parent with Criminal Conviction.
The parent(s) / legal guardian/custodian of the individual whose name is proposed to be changed must petition the Court in the county in which he / she resides.
- Form CV-456 (PDF) Petition for Confidential Name Change for Minor Child under 14
- Petitioner to complete the entire form and sign where indicated.
- Form CV-461 (PDF) Notice and Order for Confidential Name Change Hearing
- Petitioner to complete caption (top section) and "Notice is Given" section only.
- Form CV-471 (PDF) Order for Confidential Name Change
- Petitioner to complete document.
- Form CV-480 (PDF) Response of Non-Petitioning Parent to Name Change of Minor Child Under 14
- Petitioner to include blank document with filing documents to be served for Non-Petitioning Parent
- Non-Petitioning Parent to complete this document and file with the Court.
- Form CV-465 (PDF) Affidavit of Attempted Service on Non-Petitioning Parent
- Petitioner to complete and have signature notarized if personal service is not accomplished.
Publication of the Notice and Order for Confidential Name Change Hearing is not required if ordered by the court
Service of Process
There is a service requirement for filing on behalf of a minor child under 14 whose paternity has been established.
- If the other parent is signing the Petition as a Co-Petitioner, no service is required.
- If the other parent is on the birth certificate or has been named a parent through a court process (adoption, paternity action) and is not signing the Petition as a Co-Petitioner, it is the petitioning party's responsibility to have the other parent personally served with the filing documents and blank Form CV-480 (PDF) - Response of Non-Petitioning Parent to Name Change for Minor Child Under 14 within seven days of the scheduled name change hearing.
Proof of Service
Petitioner is responsible to provide proof of service to the Court prior to the commencement of the scheduled name change hearing if not previously filed with the Clerk of Courts Office. The Court will not proceed with the name change hearing without proof of service. Proof of service includes:
- An Affidavit/Certificate of Service sent to the Petitioner by the Sheriff's Department/private process server indicating the non-petitioning parent received the filing documents; or
- Admission of Service signed by the other parent.
Note: The Sheriff's Department/private process server may not provide the Petitioner with proof of service until the service of process fees are paid. If personal service cannot be accomplished, proof of due diligence in service attempt must be filed with the Court. An Affidavit/Certificate of Non-Service will be sent to the Petitioner by the Sheriff's Department/private process server.
- The Petitioner is to complete Form CV-465 (PDF) - Affidavit of Attempted Service on Non-Petitioning Parent and have his/her signature notarized.
- The Petitioner is to provide the Affidavit/Certificate of Non-Service and the Affidavit of Attempted Service on Non-Petitioning Parent to the Court prior to the commencement of the scheduled name change hearing if not previously filed with the Clerk of Courts Office.
Although the confidential name change is recorded with the State Registrar and Oconto County Register of Deeds, the new name may not be disclosed by either entity.