hello dearI need to change my daughter first name. she is 4 month old, US citizen but right now she is out side the US and in order to come back we need to change her name in her birth certificate and get her a new passport from the US embassy.note, that she hasn't issue passport before
Good morning,I'm sorry, but could you please explain why it is that you need to change your child's name in order to get a US passport issued to them. Changing ones name in not a simple matter, and made even more difficult by the fact that you are out of country. It is impossible for you to apply for a name change in the US unless the child is physically in the US at the time---and depending on what country you are in, you may not have access to the court system there to effect such a change.Finally, is there a truly valid reason that you can not simply get a passport under the child's name already recorded on their birth certificate? Effecting a name change when back in the US would be much more realistic in terms of ease.You may reply back to me using the Continue the Conversation or Reply to Expert link if you have additional questions; and if you do, I ask that you please keep in mind that I do not know what you may already know or with what you need help, unless you tell me. I wish you the best in 2012,DougLawTalk41130.5318470718
hay Doug thank you for replay me well the story start because we are from saudi arabia and we went back home for vacation by using our saudi documented even for our girl, yet we only issued her US birth certificate and we issue a Laissez passer from our embassy which help us go through the emigration. As it require here for newborn in same situation that they have to have both saudi passport and US passport so when we want to do the saudi one the asked us to change her name so we did, and when i went to the US embassy the asked me to change the name too. i'm asking now because i don't know what are the prosses to change the name and do both of us my wife and I needs to be in US in order to change it from the court.
Good afternoon,Both you and your wife do not have to be in the US for the name change petition to be filed with the court. While each of you must sign the Petition for Name Change, only one of you actually needs to be present at the hearing.Do not try and do this without a US based attorney to assist you---you will find it very difficult to try and do yourself. Also, you should consider lining up a local Family Law attorney in the county in the US where your child was born to get all the paperwork started---so that when you travel to the US for the hearing, the work will be done and the matter ready for a hearing.You may reply back to me again, using the Reply to Expert link, if you have additional questions.Would you please rate me highly now, based on my assistance to you in understanding the law.I wish you the best in 2012,DougLawTalk41130.6199538194
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