Excellent. What you have to do is file a Joint Motion for Modification. It's quite simple. Both of you should sign off on it, but only one really needs to show up at court for it. Go to legalzoom.com or nolo.com for the motion. File. Call the court and ask if you can come earlier and be heard on the "uncontested docket" - some courts hear uncontested cases such as a name change
or an agreed divorce
early in the morning or perhaps one day a week. Check with the court's coordinator/clerk. Go in to prove up. This means that once your name is XXXXX XXXXX must approach the bench and tell the judge what you are asking of the court. "Proving up" something means verbally asking the court for legal relief, on the record. Yes, you will likely be audiotaped. The process is easy - simply follow the format of your petition (make sure to have a copy with you). For example, begin with "Your Honor, my full name is XXXXX XXXXX am here today requesting a name. My permanent residence is ____. The reason for my request is ____. Just read down your petition. The Judge may interrupt you to confirm a fact or ask a question. Assuming everything goes according to plan, the Judge will then sign the Order. Case closed. Next case....
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