Assigned on Briefs October 1, 2019
from the Juvenile Court for McNairy County No. 2014-JV-54 Van
appeals the trial court's denial of his petition to
change the surnames of his minor children. The trial court
held that Appellant failed to meet his burden to show that
changing the children's names is in their best interests.
Discerning no error, we affirm.
R. App. P. 3 Appeal as of Right; Judgment of the Juvenile
Court Affirmed and Remanded.
D. Norton, Jr., Selmer, Tennessee, for the appellant, Trevor
Sherod, III, Henderson, Tennessee, for the appellee, Bridget
Armstrong, J., delivered the opinion of the court, in which
Thomas R. Frierson, II and W. Neal McBrayer, JJ., joined.
Millmeyer ("Appellant" or "Father") and
Bridget Whitten ("Mother") are the parents of twin
minor children born in 2012. Mother and Father were not
married at the time. On October 7, 2014, Father filed a
petition to establish parentage and to set visitation and
child support. Father's petition also asked the trial
court to change the children's surnames to his surname.
parties were able to agree on parentage, visitation, and
child support. However, the parties disputed whether the
children's surnames should be changed, and this question
proceeded to hearing on March 13, 2018. On April 24, 2018,
the juvenile court issued a letter ruling, wherein it
outlined Father's proof and opined that he had not met
his burden to show that the requested name change was in the
children's best interests. On March 28, 2019, the trial
court entered an order denying the name change. Father
sole issue for review is whether the trial court erred in
finding that Father failed to meet his burden to prove that
changing the children's surname is in their best