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Would you mind providing me with just a little bit more information regarding this? What name were you wanting to use rather than the child's legal name?
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I have been practicing in Virginia for 20 years. Unfortunately, when registering a child for public school in Virginia, you must use the child's legal name. You must present the birth certificate, and that is the name that will be used. Here is a link for the Virginia Department of Education concerning Enrollment in Virginia Public Schools. I would however, make a suggestion. If you and the child's father are in agreement, you may consider filing for a legal name change with the court. The schools will only use a name other than what's on the birth certificate if you have a name change order from the court.
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The child may be addressed by another name in the classroom by the teacher and you can speak with the teacher about that. However, the formal registration must be the name on the birth certificate or name change order. Yes, you are correct, a name change for a minor is very difficult, if not impossible unless both parents are on board with the decision. As far as expense is concerned, if it is a name change that is consented to, you can find attorneys that will do it at a reasonable cost, or you may be able to proceed pro se (do it yourself). Please talk to the teacher. I have been through this personally as well. The teacher can address the child by another name. I hope this helps. Do you have any other questions?
Let me know if you need anything else. I just called one of the schools to make sure there have been no recent developments that may have changed things. From a legal standpoint, I know there have been no changes. I wish I had better news for you. Please don't hold this against me when rating me.
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I was just checking in to see if you need anything further. I am here to help. Is there anything else I can do to help you? I will close this out for now but I will be on standby if you require anything further. Good luck to you. I know what you are going through and I hope that everything turns out well. By the way, I have seen clients ask the teacher to hyphenate the last name on things in the class room and they did it as a courtesy, if you explain the situation to the child's teacher. So for example, if the child's name is***** and your family's name is ***** ***** teacher may allow the child to list herself as Jill Smith-Johnson on all paperwork in the classroom. However, on registration documents with the office, the name would remain the child's official name, Jill Smith unless you present a court ordered name change. If you don't require anything further, please don't for get to rate me. A five star rating would be appreciated. The experts on this panel do not receive credit for answering questions unless we receive a positive rating. It doesn't cost you anything extra to rate me. Thanks again. Take care.