In re Name Change of Alexander GoudreauAnnotate this Case
Respondent Veronica Goudreau (mother) appealed a circuit court order which granted a request by Petitioners Maurice and Gisele Lemieux, parents and next friendd of Andrew Lemieux (father) to change the name of the mother and father's child. Father and mother conceived while both were still in high school. According to Mother, Father reacted negatively to the pregnancy and told her she was crazy for wanting to keep the child. Mother had a boy, naming him Alexander Bailey Goudreau. Almost immediately after the child's birth, the petitioners filed a parenting petition and an ex parte motion for parenting time with Alexander. The motion contended that "[father] ha[d] been adjusting emotionally to the reality of being a father at the age of 15, and [wa]s prepared, through the assistance of his parents, to accept responsibility and parent his child." The court granted the motion. When Alexander was approximately fourteen months old, as the parties prepared for a hearing on a final parenting plan, the petitioners filed a petition to change Alexander's full name from Alexander Bailey Goudreau to Alexander Bailey Lemieux. At a hearing on the petition, mother testified that she had carried Alexander for nine months, loved him very much, and "deserve[d] just as much as [father] to have [Alexander] have [her] name." Father testified that he was conflicted about becoming a father, but that he was "very satisfied with the road [he] chose, really getting to know [his] son." After the hearing, the court granted the petition in part, ordering that the child's name be changed from Alexander Bailey Goudreau to Alexander Goudreau Lemieux. Mother appealed the trial court's decision. Finding no abuse of discretion, the Supreme Court affirmed.