Assigned on Briefs May 1, 2018
from the Juvenile Court for Montgomery County No. 17-JV-1033
Kenneth R. Goble, Judge
an appeal from an order changing the Child's surname from
that of Mother alone to the double last name of Mother and
Father, respectively. The juvenile court determined that the
Child's last name should be changed based on a
standardized policy of the court because the parents could
not reach an agreement. Mother appeals. We reverse.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Juvenile
Court Reversed and Remanded
N. Foster, Madisonville, Kentucky, and Daniel P. Ufford,
Clarksville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Shaye D.
W., Jr., Gallatin, Tennessee, Pro se.
Brandon O. Gibson, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in
which Charles D. Susano, Jr., and Richard H. Dinkins, JJ.,
MEMORANDUM OPINION 
BRANDON O. GIBSON, JUDGE
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
parties to this action, Wilson W., Jr. ("Father")
and Shaye D. ("Mother"), are the parents of Emersyn
R. D. ("the Child"), who was born in April 2017,
out of wedlock. Mother and Father had been in a relationship
for about three years; it ended before the Child was born.
12, 2017, Father filed a petition in juvenile court asking
the court to find him to be the lawful father of the Child,
to enter a parenting plan and set child support, and to
change the Child's last name to Father's last name.
On July 24, 2017, Mother responded to Father's petition
in juvenile court, asked to be allowed to move with the Child
to Alabama, and requested Father pay child support throughout
October 5, 2017, counsel for Mother and Father appeared
before the juvenile court and represented that all issues had
been resolved in the case except for the surname of the
Child. The Child's surname was listed on the birth
certificate as Mother's surname. The juvenile court
informed counsel of the "policy" it followed of
hyphenating the parents' surnames to create the
Child's last name. The court heard no testimony, and no
exhibits were offered into evidence. After suggesting that
the parties discuss the matter, Mother's counsel and
Father's counsel reported to the court that their
respective clients could not agree on the Child's
surname. The juvenile court verbally ordered for the two
surnames to be combined without hyphenation. The trial court
issued a written order in this matter on October 11, 2017,
simply ordering that the Child's last name be changed to
Mother's and Father's surnames, respectively.
presents five issues for review on appeal, but there is ...