At the hearing a Judge will generally ask you at least the following four (4) questions.
- Have you ever filed for bankruptcy?
- Have you been convicted of a felony?
- Are you changing your name for ulterior motives?
- Are you changing your last name to avoid creditors?
If your answer is Yes to any of the above four (4) questions, the Judge can deny your request for the name change. However, if you have a good reason as to why you want to change your name i.e., always used the new last name but never changed it legally or you want to change your last name to your maiden name then the Judge can still grant your request to legally change your name. Remember the Judge always has the ultimate decision to legally change your name.
If you want your child(ren) to legally change their last name then the Petition to Change the Name is the same procedure as above however, generally both parents must consent to the child(ren)’s name being legally changed.
If your name change is approved or granted by the Judge, you will then get a pleading signed by the Judge legally changing your name. At that point it is necessary for you to get certified copies of the Final Judgment of Name Change in order to send a certified copy of your name change to the Department of Vital Statistics, Department of Motor Vehicle to change your license, Department of Social Security and the appropriate agency to change your passport.
Finally, there is no law that limits you as to how many times you can legally change your name however, it is always at the discretion of the Judge if he will grant your request to legally change your name.
For further information or questions you can contact our office at 305-557-1750, 24/7 for a free consultation. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.