Would you like to legally change your name? Are you worried that it will take too much time, you’ll mess it up, or it will be too difficult to do. The fact is that with help from EZ Name Change, changing your name easily is within your reach! Whether you’re an adult looking to change your first or last name (or both), or a parent looking to change the name of your child, our California name change experts can help you move forward in your life with your new name petition today!
While the name change process in California looks pretty straight forward: just fill out the required forms, submit them to your county’s Superior Court, publish notice of your intended name change in your local newspaper for four consecutive weeks, attend a court hearing and a judge will grant your name change petition and then go and get your legal documents and legal identification changed to your new name; the reality of working through these steps can often take longer than you may have hoped to work through your new name change.
Can the Court reject my name and my name change petition?
Yes – although the court’s rejection of name changes is rare. The court generally only rejects petitions for name changes if the name is a slur, might incite violence, is offensive , could cause harm to someone else, or is for someone with unresolved criminal problems. The court will ask you the reason you want to change your name, and will expect you to be truthful and honest. They are not looking for the “right” answer as to why you want to change your name, but they do want to honest reason.
Can EZ Name Change help me to change my name following a divorce?
Yes! Helping women and men change their names following divorce is one of the areas of legal name change that we specialize in. If you want to change your name back to your maiden name, the cost can be much less and the process much quicker than changing your name to another name of your choosing. If you have your final divorce decree/judgment, you can apply to the court for a name change to your maiden name, a process that we can also help you with to ensure that everything is done correctly and that you regain your maiden name as quickly as possible.
If you want to change your name to a new legal name of your choosing following a divorce, you’ll need to follow the general State of California rules on name changes for adults. You’ll need to complete all required forms and the official California name change petition, file those forms and the petition with your local county Superior Court, publish notice of your intended name change in your local newspaper for at least 4 consecutive weeks, attend a scheduled court hearing where a judge will approve (or reject) your name change and issue you a court order which you can use to get all of your legal documents and identification such as your driver’s license and passport identity changed.
Although name change in California is a process an average person can try to complete, it is a very easy process when you utilize the services of EZ Name Change! We are your statewideCalifornia name change experts and we make changing your name a simple, straight forward and easy process. Whether you want to change your name to get away from bad family associations or to honor respected ones, for professional or job-related reasons, for spiritual or religious reasons, in order to build your personal brand or help you step into your future, or to simplify, shorten or “Americanize” your name, EZ Name Change is here to help you and your family. We specialize in making legal name changes easy for both adult name changes and for child name changes. Contact us today online, in person or over the phone to learn more about the services we offer and to speak to one of our name change professionals who can help you move forward with your new name – your true you!