Whether you are looking to change your own name or your child's name, unless you are getting married or divorced, you are going to need to file Petition for a Name Change in Florida. While the forms are not overly difficult to find or to fill out, there are several of them and it is imperative that they be completed correctly. The complete process of changing your name from drafting the forms, to filing them, to background checks, setting hearings and drafting Final Judgement and getting certified copies can be more complicated than it appears. We are frequently hired by those who attempted a DIY name change to step in an assist in completing the process.
To begin with, there are certain individuals who do not qualify for a name change. For example, if you have filed bankruptcy or been convicted of a felony - with limited exceptions. Also, if you are trying to change your child's name without the consent of the other parent, you must consult attorney to find out what will be required to proceed. Further, everyone must get fingerprinted before the name change can be set for a final hearing and those results must be communicated to the Clerk of Court prior to any hearing. Once the fingerprinting is accomplished and sent to the Clerk, you must set the matter for a final hearing and prepare a final judgment to take with you.
At our firm this process is typically handled for a low cost flat fee and often that is preferable to the work and chance taking involved with a DIY name change. We handle name changes in Broward, Miami-Dad and Palm Beach County, Florida. Call for a free consultation 866.FAM.LAW8 or visit our website: www.FamilyMattersLawGroup.com