Every U.S. citizen has a constitutional right under the Fourteenth Amendment to change their name to anything they want as long as they start using the name and notifying legal agencies about the legal name change. Any person can change their name by filing of an application in civil court and paying the fees related to the process. The applicant should provide a valid explanation for wanting to change their name. In addition, a court has the right to reject the name change if is found that applicant has intent to commit fraud by concealing his or her identity.
Some choose to change their name simply because they do not like their original name, while others do so for marriage or divorce purposes. Also, a significant number of individuals may resort to legal name changes in order to avoid harassment or harm from others.
Specific procedures to legally change your name are:
Here are a few typical reasons for seeking a name change and the required procedures:
There are several situations where you are not allowed to change your name. A name change cannot be done:
After you have legally changed your name, make sure you notify the following personnel and organization of the legal name change:
Consulting with an attorney regarding any significant legal matter such as a name change is always a wise thing to do. Because of the complexity of some name change documents it is highly recommended that you contact a family law lawyer regarding a name change.
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