As Florida family law attorneys, we frequently work on cases involving family name changes. A name change can be a significant and important aspect of a family's identity.
Reasons for a Family Name Change
There are many reasons why you might consider changing your family name. Here are a few common reasons why someone might pursue a name change:
1. To take on a spouse's last name after marriage
2. To change or restore a name after a divorce
3. To change the last name of a child after adoption
4. To change the last name of a child after a parent remarries
5. To break ties with a negative past
Legal Process of a Family Name Change
If you want to change your family name in Florida, you will need to go through the legal process in the circuit court of the county in which you reside. Here are the steps involved:
1. Make sure your qualify: bankruptcy, felony, ulterior purpose? You have some issues.
2. File a Petition for Name Change - The first step is to file a petition for name change with the circuit court. This petition must include the current and desired name, reason for the name change, and any other relevant details.
3. Get finger printed AFTER filing. Have report delivered to your clerk.
3. Attend a Hearing - You will need to attend a hearing before a judge. This hearing is typically short and straightforward.
4. Receive an Order - If the judge grants your petition, you will receive an order that approves the name change. This order can be used to update your name on official documentation, such as a driver's license, Social Security card, or birth certificate.
Hiring an Attorney for a Family Name Change
While a family name change may seem simple, the legal process can be complicated and time-consuming. An experienced family law attorney can help guide you through the process and ensure that your petition is filed correctly. They can also represent you in court and help you gather any necessary documentation.
In conclusion, if you are considering a family name change in Florida, it is important to understand the process and comply with the relevant legal requirements. For more information or to discuss your case with an experienced family law attorney, contact our office today.