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There are many reasons why an individual may seek to have their name changed legally.

Our firm has handled every name change situation, from divorce to a minor child’s legal adoption. Sometimes, a name change petition may be part of a larger family law matter, such as with a divorce. Non-gender conforming individuals, such as transgender or non-binary, may wish to change their name to fit with their identity.

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Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution in which a neutral third party helps disputing parties resolve conflict without involving a judge.

While it may seem simple, it is in your best interest to allow our team of experienced name-change lawyers to help file a petition to change your name. A judge is required to rule on these matters in St. Louis, and without the assistance of an attorney, there is a greater chance your petition will not be granted.

What Information Does the Court Require?

As part of the petition, some requirements of a St. Louis family court must be included for the matter to be considered. This includes:

  • The petitioner’s current name and the name they would like changed to.
  • Why the name change is necessary.
  • Proof of residency.
  • The petitioner’s date and place of birth, along with the name of both parents, including their mother’s maiden name.
  • The petitioner’s spouse’s name, married, plus any children, and the ages and residence of the children will be required.
  • If this is a second name change, the name of the court that allowed the first, the place, and the date.
  • Any liens pending against the petitioner or court orders involving money, the case number, and the court’s name in which the action is pending.
  • Proof that the legal name change will not harm any other person or persons.

Our team of family lawyers will help you complete these documents according to St. Louis law and ensure that you have any and all required supporting evidence.

Can a Petition For a Name Change Be Denied?

In St. Louis, family law judges take name changes very seriously. They will not allow an individual to change their name to one that is not proper or detrimental to another party. They also reserve the right to ask for supporting evidence to the contrary if they feel that a name change is being requested to defraud another person, avoid legal judgments or actions, or avoid having to repay a debt or other obligation.

Also, a third party is allowed to object to a petition for a legal name change. If so, the court will be forced to explore the matter to ensure that the petition does not violate its guidelines.

Public Notification

St. Louis family courts require that within 20 days of a name change petition being granted, the individual must make the change public by publishing it in a general circulation periodical for three consecutive weeks. The notice must contain your previous name as well as your new one.

The petitioner must file proof of publication with the court within 10 days of the last date of publication. Once this is verified, the petitioner will receive a copy of the order.

If the petitioner for a name change is a minor, any parent not part of the petition is entitled to be notified of the intent to change their name by certified or registered mail. That parent has the right to attend the hearing and make any objections to the petition known to the court.

Should a Birth Certificate Be Changed As Well?

A woman returning to her maiden name will not need to make any changes to her birth certificate. Other individuals may change their own if desired by sending a certified copy of their judgment to their birth state’s Department of Health.

In addition to their birth certificate, individuals who have legally changed their names may also need to change the information on their driver’s license and social security card.

Minors Requests for a Legal Name Change

A minor can request a name change in St. Louis, but the petition will not be granted without both parents’ consent. If consent is not filed, proof must be shown that the parent or parents were notified of the petition and hearing through certified or registered mail.

Name Change Lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri

Changing your name is a multi-step process involving paperwork and court procedures. Allow our professional name change attorneys to assist you with your petition to ensure no unforeseen hurdles during the process.

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Our firm uses experience, good communication, and availability to help families navigate life-changing events.