Sowers-Collison v. HansleyAnnotate this Case
Child was born to Mother and Father in 2003. Within the next year, Mother’s current husband came into her and her son’s life. In 2015, Mother filed a petition to change Child’s surname to Sowers-Collision. The district court denied the petition, ruling that changing Child’s surname would be detrimental to Father’s interests under Wyo. Stat. Ann. 1-25-101. Mother appealed, arguing that the district court erred by failing to consider the best interest of Child when it denied her petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that because the state of the record in this case made it impossible to determine whether the district court in fact considered the best interest of the child, the Court could not conclude that the district court failed to consider the question.