Family Name Change – California Residents
How to Change Family Name in California
We’ve helped a family of 9 (both parents and seven children), parents with children from prior marriages; single mothers; adoptive families; same-sex couples; fiancées before marriage; spouses who changed their mind after marriage; and many, many others. We’ve probably helped others with situations just like yours.
Whole Family Name Change
New Family Name Change – Adults and Children
Step Family Name Change
Taking New Family Name
Re-Taking Ancestral Heritage Family Name
Reclaiming Your Family Name
Family Name Change for California Residents
For Family Name Change, prepare a collection of Forms, called a Petition for Change of Name. File them with the Civil Unlimited filing clerk in the County Superior Court for where your family lives. Family captioning must be done a certain way, so get assistance if you can. The Court will set a Hearing for Your Name Change. Before that Hearing, you must have a qualified newspaper run a legal notice of the Hearing for 4 consecutive weeks. Your judge gets a confidential criminal history assessment report on you, and has all your information from the Petition. Usually, the judge approves Your Family Name Change at your Hearing. You get your Certified Copy(s) right after you get your signed Decree in the same courthouse. For a fuller explanation of the process, click here
Social Security, DMV, Passports and other government and financial entities want each of you to show them a Certified Copy of your Court Order (actually called a Decree Changing Name). When you do, they will give each of you new documents with Your New Legal Name.
Yes, but it’s relatively rare.
The California Name Change laws (CCP 1275-1279.6) will tell you all the rules. CCP 1279.5 is especially important to anyone with unresolved criminal history problems. For more information about the possibility of getting turned down, see “Can My Name Change Be Denied?”
Can I Change More Than One Child’s Name At The Same Time?
Yes. It’s much more economical than doing them separately. If one are more parents are also going to be Changing Names, then you still want to do it all in a Family Petition. See the additional information about Changing just Children’s Names (not parent(s) too),
What if some of us have different last names now?
As long as you are a Family, living together in California now, we can process you together. It’s quite common, in the 21st century, for a family to have parents with different last names and possibly children who have different last names too. If all the court forms are properly completed and the information needed by the judge is properly presented, you should be able to come out of the process with exactly the Family Names you want. That’s easy to say, but not so easy to do without EZ Full Service.
Name Change or Name and Gender Change
There are two different kinds of Petitions that seek to Change a Person’s Name to conform to Gender Identity. Each one has a very different set of Forms and results. Both of these types can be processed as part of a Family Name Change or on their own.
Petition for Change of Name and Gender
This type of Adult or Minor Child Name Change Petition is for people choosing to change their name and gender marker AFTER completing clinically appropriate treatment. And, in addition to all the Name Change information, remember to include a Physician Declaration. All the same laws apply to this type of Petition as apply to all other types (CCP 1275-1279.6), plus the Health and Safety Code, Sections 103430 and 103435. The Name Change Laws (CCP 1275-1279.6) exempt appearance OR Advertising for petitions seeking to conform to gender Identity. In contrast, the Petition for Change of Name and Gender does not explicitly state it’s to conform to gender identity. As stated above, if you don’t mind doing the Advertising and/or going to the Hearing, the court processing problems, if any, will likely be eliminated.
The Health and Safety Code Sections 103430 and 103435 state that the judge may examine the Name and Gender Change Petitioner (103430(b)). It further provides that, for this type of Petition, the Order to Show Cause Form shall not include the petition to recognize the change of gender (103435). These provisions have led to some Petition derailments. EZ Name and Gender Change customers (through 2017) have never been denied due to Advertising or Hearing appearance.
For additional information, please see Transgender Name Change.
Name Change for 2 or More Family Members
In California, you can change the names of multiple family members at the same time. We’ve successfully helped a Family of 9. Families change names for many different reasons, just like individuals do. After remarriage, children and/or spouses may want to share last names all together. Sometimes couples, or whole families, want to retake an ancestral name. Or, sometimes a young couple wants to take their own new family name to pursue their shared future. Lots of different and good reasons.
At EZ Name Change, we’re very experienced at California Family Name Change. You choose the names and give us the information…we’ll take you the rest of the way there. For specific details about Family Name Change costs and time frames, give us a call at 818 505-6189. Or, send us your situation and questions by emai for a quick and detailed response.