Changing Name Legally
Every State has their own Changing Name laws. Each court, in each county has their own way of processing requests for Changing a Name. There are different requirements for Changing Your Name or Changing Your Child’s Name, and occasionally you can do both at the same time. After Changing name, has legally taken place, you still have to get records changed at Social Security, Passports, Driver’s Licenses, School and so forth. There are procedures to accomplish all that.
Almost anyone is eligible for Changing their Name, and every eligible person can complete the process of legally changing their name by Petitioning the proper court where they live, following the local rules and paying the required fees. See this link for more details on who can Petition for Changing Names.
Changing a Name through Petition
Changing your Name or Changing Your Child’s Name (first, middle and/or last) is done everyday all over the United States through a Petition process in court. It’s not easy or simple, but those Name Changes are honored in every state and by the federal government. Not all courts are set up for Changing Name Petitions, but all counties have a court designated to handle them. Some populated places have many courts for Changing a Name, but only one court will be the right one for where you live. Click on this link for more information about the Petition process for Changing a Name.
Changing a Name through Court Order is not free, although most courts have forms to request fee waiver of court costs if your assets and income allow you to qualify. You can fill out all the forms yourself, or you can have a Petition Service or a lawyer help you with the forms and instructions to get through the process. Some states have a system to permit changing names confidentially, if there’s danger or stalking, etc. Click on this link for more details about the costs of Changing Names for Yourself.
Changing your Child’s Name
After marriage or divorce, changing your child’s name to your maiden name or to your married name can be done through the Court Order Petition process. Also, sometimes changing a child’s name is because you changed your mind after filling out the birth certificate, or because your child has taken a different name growing up, etc. The process of Changing the Child’s Name is the same, regardless of why it’s being changed. Minor’s cannot Petition to Change their own name without special permission from a judge. Any parent can Petition for their child though. If both parents sign the Petition for Changing the child’s name, it’s simpler and less costly, but a single parent is usually successful too. Click here to see more about the Petition process for Changing a Child’s Name. Click here to see more about the Costs for Changing a Child’s Name by Petition.
Changing A Name through Marriage License
States allow Legal Name Change through the Marriage Certificate process, providing the marriage is legal in your state and the Certificate is issued by a government agency (city, county, etc.). Some states, like California, allow husbands to legally change their names through the marriage license whereas all states allow wives to. Not all Legal Name Changes are allowed through marriage, and sometimes people get a Court Ordered Name Change before or after a Marriage Name Change to get the full legal name they want. Click here to see a representative list of allowable ways for changing a name through marriage.
Changing Your Name After Divorce
You may be able to return to your maiden name or an earlier legal name by a simple motion or other process allowed in your divorce court proceeding. Check with your divorce attorney or an advisor at your court to see if that option is available to you. If so, it can be a faster and less costly way for Changing your Name after divorce. If the legal name you want is not available to you through your divorce court proceeding, consider changing your name using the Petition process described above.
Changing a Name through Adoption
The adoption process may allow for changing an adopted child’s Name. Often the adopting parent(s) wants to change a child’s last name to the father’s last name. Ask your adoption attorney, agency or court advisor if the adoption process allows changing the child’s name without additional charge. Adoption is a lot more involved than just legal name change, so make sure you have all the information you want or need about adoption.
Changing a Name the EZ Way
EZ Name Change will give you a fully completed, ready-to-file Petition for Changing Your Name or for Changing Your Child’s Name for an industry low $115.00. Click “Start My Name Change Now” to provide the information we need to complete your Petition. You’ll have it within days, and the New Legal Name you get will last a very long time.