Name Change in Divorce, Custody, and Adoption
Going through a divorce, custody, or adoption process can be a trying time for individuals and families. However, making a name change can also be an important part of starting a new chapter in life. At Lone Peak Law, we are here to help you take your next step forward with a legal name change.
Common Reasons for Name Change
Name changes are often requested for a variety of reasons, including:
Following a divorce, many individuals choose to change their name back to their maiden name or to a new name entirely.
In some cases, individuals may choose to change their name in order to match the surname of their children following a custody battle.
Adopting a child often involves changing their name to match the adoptive parents' surname.
Some individuals simply prefer to change their name for personal reasons, such as a fresh start or a desire to distance themselves from their past.
Requirements for Name Change
Before we dive into the details, let's start by discussing the requirements for a legal name change. Depending on your state or jurisdiction, you may be required to meet certain conditions such as:
You must be 18 years of age or older
You must not have a history of fraud or deceit
You must not have a criminal record
You must not have a history of mental illness
The Name Change Process
The name change process typically involves the following steps:
Sign a statement indicating that you are not trying to avoid creditors or avoid criminal charges
Fill out a Petition for Name Change form
Submit the form to the appropriate court or government agency
Publish a notice of the name change in a local newspaper (if required)
Attend a court hearing (if required)
Obtain a court order granting the name change
Notify government agencies, such as the Social Security Administration and Department of Motor Vehicles, of the change
It's important to understand that the exact steps and requirements may vary depending on your jurisdiction and specific circumstances, so it's always best to check with a local court or legal professional for the most accurate information. At Lone Peak Law, we can help ensure the process is done correctly.
Legal Representation for Name Change
While it is possible to complete the name change process without legal representation, many individuals choose to work with a legal professional for added guidance and support. An experienced attorney can assist with the preparation and filing of the necessary forms, as well as provide advice on the best course of action based on your specific circumstances. If you’re interested in pursuing a legal name change, Lone Peak Law can help.