child name change in california

Name Change For a Child is available if the child lives in California now and is under, 18 years old. Parents often Petition to change a child’s First, Middle or Last Names. The Child can be a brand new baby or almost 18. For children and the whole family, this is important. Particularly in all the growing up years.  If we help you, we always do it correctly. Legal Name Change for a Child allows you to change school records, get a new Social Security Card, a New Passport, etc. You can even get an Amended Birth Certificate if you want, though it’s usually not needed after this. Your Name Change Court Order is valid immediately and honored worldwide.

Child Name Change – For Any Child (Under 18) Living In California Now

Name Change for Your Child – How Much does it cost?


Total is about $630 for Ready-To-File or $705 for Full ServiceThe Name Change for Your Child breakdown is: $115 for your completed Name Change Petition and supporting documents. All Petition Documents are ready 2 days after you complete your Questionnaire by choosing “Start My Name Change Now” on the top Menu. Court Filing is $435-$480 and Ad charges are usually about $60-$125. $35-75 to serve papers on a non-consenting spouse, if needed. $25.50 for a Certified Copy of your Decree Changing Name

Name Change for Your Child – How Long Does it Take?


It takes most people 10 to 20 minutes to complete the Questionnaire (Start My Name Change Now menu button). Then, it usually takes about 6-12 weeks to get your Legal Name Change (Decree Changing Name decision). It can take longer depending on court scheduling and whether you have properly completed paperwork or not.

Name Change for Your Child – Where Do I Go?


You just click on START MY NAME CHANGE NOW, above, to get all your Petition paperwork completed. Then you file your Petition in the County Superior Court where your Child lives now (Court Name and Address will be filled into your Petition when you get it). If you want to do it all yourself, and save our fee, you go to your County Superior Court to get forms, instructions and file your Petition when you get all the forms completed

Name Change for Your Child – What do I need to start it?


You just need accurate information: Your Child’s birth information, address, reason for the Name Change, exact current legal name and New Name, basic information about both parents. You will need your payment information to pay your Petition Preparation charge ($115 per child; $230 for two, etc.) after all your information has been put into the computer questionnaire.

Name Change for Your Child – Can I Change My Child’s First or Middle Name, or just the Last Name?


Yes. You can Change any of your Child’s Names through the Legal Name Change Court Petition process. Some people want to Change a single letter of their Child’s Name

Most Parents use Name Change to Change a Child’s Last Name, after marriage or divorce. But you can also Change your Child’s Middle and Last Names, or First and Middle Names, or any combination of your choosing.

Name Change for Your Child – What if I have questions that aren’t covered here?


Call us (818 505-6189) or send an email ( We love to help and can probably answer any question you might have. Chances are we’ve helped others with the exact same question before. If you rather not talk to us directly, look around in this website for articles and links that can tell you everything from exactly how the California Name Change laws read, to which U.S. President Legally changed his name … and everything in between.

If you need to keep the Name Change Petition information secret due to personal safety concerns for Yourself or Your Child, the State of California has a highly confidential program (Safe at Home) for people who need to keep their information secret for personal safety reasons. If you believe your situation requires that type of treatment, you should consult with a licensed attorney and/or contact the State of California, Name Change Proceedings Under Confidentiality Program (Safe at Home).

Name Change for Your Child – What if I’m divorced or the other parent can’t sign the Petition?


The Name Change process requires that both parents state their position about the Name Change, or are at least given the opportunity if possible. That information is an important part of what your judge will review and consider. If the other parent is not alive, or you don’t know his/her contact information, just say so in the places of the questionnaire where those questions are asked. If only one Parent is signing the Petition and the other is living and you have his/her contact information, fill that in so that forms will be prepared to give notice of the process and, when served, he/she will have the opportunity to provide his/her views to the judge (whether he/she does so or not).

Name Change for Your Child – Can My Child’s Name Change Petition be Turned Down?


Yes, but it’s rare. You’ll be asked to give a reason for Changing Your Child’s Legal Name. Put the real reason down, using your/his/her own words. Unless the Name Change reason is to try and avoid debts, incite violence, use obscenity, defraud someone, cause harm, trade on someone else’s fame or reputation, create identity confusion, or reasons like these, your reason is probably an acceptable one.

To give you some relative perspective:

In 2004, a Missouri man succeeded in changing his name to “They”. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that a name change to “1069” could be denied, but that “Ten Sixty-Nine” was acceptable (Application of Dengler, 1979); the North Dakota Supreme Court had denied the same request several years before (Petition of Dengler, 1976).

A person cannot choose a name that is intended to mislead (such as adopting a celebrity’s name), that is intentionally confusing, or that incites violence; nor can one adopt, as a name, a racial slur, a threat, or an obscenity.