Name Change Help

A person’s name is important because it is an integral part of self-image and ancestry. Any New Yorker, may assume a different name, so long as it is not done to avoid financial obligations or to perpetrate a fraud. Common reasons for name changes include, correcting mistakes on birth certificates, gender changes, and changes to associate or disassociate yourself from famous people.

Adult Name Change

Once an individual has reached the age of eighteen (18) they are considered an adult for name change purposes.  New York State’s process for changing an adult’s name is relatively simple starting with the filing a petition, including specific supporting information, with the Court requesting the name change.  When the Court approves the change, an Order will be issued to effect the change, notice of the name change is published in a newspaper, a new birth certificate is obtained from vital records, and the name is changed on all official documents.

Minor Child Name Change

When a parent wishes to change the name of a minor child (infant name change), the application for a name change must be brought by one or both minor’s parents. If the minor has two living parents and one parent does not join in the application, the non-petitioner parent must be served with reasonable notice of the application. If the non-petitioning parent objects to the child’s name change, a hearing will be held to determine whether the change of the child’s name is in the best interest of the child.

If you are in need of Name Change help, please contact us today and put our legal team on your side!