My question involves name change laws in the State of: Minnesota/Australia
My daughter is 13 months old. She was born in Australia and has an Australian birth certificate but dual citizenship (I'm American, her dad/my ex-husband is Australian). She has a US passport and social security card, as well as an Australian passport plus her Australian birth certificate.
I have sole physical custody of her and have moved back to Minnesota. Her father pays minimal child support and has minimal contact with us. We lodged all papers with the Australian courts re custody/seperation, and the divorce will be final in February.
With all that background information... here is my actual question... I would like to change my daughters last name to my maiden name (I will be changing mine back once divorce goes through) and am wondering how/where to do that? Do I have to do it via Australian courts because of her birth certificate? And then change the US stuff once its changed in Australia? Or can I go the other way around?
I realize no matter what, I'll have to try to get her fathers permission, I am just not sure the order to go about things.
Thanks in advance.