Hunter Biden fights name change in paternity suit; Rose Law Group family law attorney Scott Ghormley comments

By Daniel McFadin | Arkansas Online

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, called an attempt to change the last name of a baby he fathered to Biden “political warfare,” in a Jan. 6 court filing.

Biden’s filing, made in the 16th Circuit Court in Independence County regarding the paternity case against him, was a response to a request by Lunden Alexis Roberts, the child’s mother, for the court to make the name change for the young girl.

The request, made in December, was made so that the 4-year-old girl could “benefit from carrying the Biden family name,” and stated that the “Biden name is now synonymous with being well educated, successful, financially acute, and politically powerful.”

The four-page rebuttal by Biden’s camp demanded “strict proof thereof that such request is in the best interest of the child.”

The filing adds that “it is apparent that [Roberts’] motivations to disregard the once desired protective orders that [she] herself requested and to which [Biden] agreed for the protection and best interest of the child, have now dissipated in the interest of political warfare against [Biden] and his family.”

Biden asserts that Roberts “equivocates in her arguments” in the case, “on the same day by praising [Hunter Biden] and the Biden name to support the requested name change, and then disparaging [Biden] and his family in others.”


“What’s in a name? Unlike Shakespeare, Ms. Lunden Roberts believes a name is incredibly relevant – especially when it concerns the name of the child she had with Hunter Biden, and happens to be the surname of the sitting U.S. President. Generally, parents are able to petition a court to grant a name change for a minor child, but it is typically only granted if the parents both agree, or if the change is in the best interests of the child. Otherwise, courts are hesitant to grant major changes of this nature.”

Scott Ghormley, Rose Law Group family law attorney

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January 2023