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Melbourne v. Taylor

Court of Appeals of Columbia District

November 3, 2016

RENEE MONIQUE MELBOURNE, Appellant,
v.
MARCUS TAYLOR, Appellee.

          Argued June 7, 2016

          Amended November 17, 2016 [*]

         Appeal from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (FSP-688-13) (Hon. Robert R. Rigsby, Trial Judge)

          Renee Monique Melbourne, pro se.

          Alan B. Soschin for appellee.

          Jonathan H. Levy, with whom Stephanie Troyer and Paul Perkins were on the brief, for amicus curiae Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

          Before: Glickman and Fisher, Associate Judges; and Ruiz, Senior Judge.

         ORDER

         On consideration of this court's opinion in the above titled case, decided November 3, 2016, it is

         ORDERED that the following corrections shall be made: On page 7, line 14, replace "Ms. Melbourne" with "she" and delete "who was proceeding pro se"; on page 8, line 1, insert a comma after the word "waiver, " and on page 11, footnote 4, insert "Ms. Melbourne's" before "Counsel" and start this word with a lower case "c".

         FURTHER ORDERED that an amended opinion is attached to this order.

         It is so ordered.

          RUIZ, SENIOR JUDGE.

         On October 7, 2013, appellant, Renee Monique Melbourne, filed with the Superior Court an application to change the last name of her minor daughter ("the child") from Taylor to Melbourne. The child's father, Marcus Taylor, opposed the name change. After hearing testimony from both parents, the court denied appellant's application. On appeal, Ms. Melbourne argues that the trial court applied an improper standard when it denied the name change application. This ...


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