There are a variety of reasons why someone might want to change their name. The most common reason for changing names is marriage or spelling correction. One can also change their name simply because they don't like their name.
There are two types of name changes: informal (use) and legal (order of name change). The informal method of changing one's name is done by simply starting to use the desired name. Under common law, a person is allowed to change their name at will by starting to use a new name. After such a decision has been made and the new name starts to be used, there also needs to happen the updating of any government and legal records to reflect the new name. Of course, there are variations based on the state in which the name change occurs. An order of name change is given by a judge after the person interested in changing their name files the required paperwork with their local government agency and appears before to a judge to request an order of name change. Once the judge give the OK, the person with the new name must then update all legal records (i.e., social security card, driver's license, etc) to reflect the new name.
Usually the legal requirements for changing a name are relatively simple. At the most basic level, the petitioner must be a resident of the county and state in which he aims to file for a name change.
Even though one does not need a big reason for changing names, there are specific reasons and rules when it comes to changing a name. You may not change your name:
To start your name change process, check with your local court to get started.
Once you have selected an appropriate name, you must then follow the below steps to legally change your name:
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