June 19, 2013
- 76H Children Out–Of–Wedlock
- 76HI Status in General
- 76Hk1 k. Name and Status; Parental Relation in General.
Following change of custody of illegitimate child from mother to father, change of child’s name from “Weather’By Dot Com Chanel Fourcast Sheppard” to “Samuel Charles Speir” was in child’s best interests; child was of a very tender age and could show no preference, mother had been married multiple times and her other children had different surnames, father shared surname with his wife and other children, mother’s surname was associated in the community with her numerous arrests, no disrespect was associated with father’s surname, and child’s unusual birth name, as argued by father and implicitly recognized by mother, would subject child to difficulties, harassment, and embarrassment.
Sheppard v. Speir, 157 S.W.3d 583 (Ark. Ct. App. 2004)
Suggested by Craig Gustafson, Principal Attorney Editor; Thomson Reuters