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Thanks for your question and good morning.A petition for a name change is a simple process and can be done by you without a lawyer.You file the petition here and then appear in front of the judge.You go over the request and the judge should grant it.Once you have the order you can change all your identification including drivers license, ssn, passport, etc.
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Petition for Change of Name of Adult
Petitioner makes the following declaration:
1. Birth Date and Place: Petitioner was born on _______________________, ______ in ________________________ [city], ________________________ [county], ________________________ [state]. A certified copy of petitioner's birth certificate is attached to this petition.
2. Birth Name: Petitioner was named ____________________________________________ at birth, and as of the date of this petition, the Petitioner has always been known by that name, with the following exceptions, if any:_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________[list all legal names previously held].
3. Residence: Petitioner resides at _______________________ [insert residential address] and has lived at this address for ________ [insert length of time in months or years at this address].
4. Petitioner's Parents: The father of the Petitioner is named ______________________________________________, and he resides at _____________________________________________________________________________ [insert residential address of father]. The mother of the Petitioner is named ______________________________________________, and she resides at _____________________________________________________________________________ [insert residential address of mother].
5. Reason for Name Change: Petitioner seeks to change his or her name to ______________________________________________ and offers the following reason(s) for seeking to do so:_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.
6. Legal and Creditor Status: Petitioner does not have any outstanding judgments, has never been convicted of a crime, and is not involved in any pending legal actions.
7. Additional Declarations: In addition to the foregoing statements, the Petitioner further declares:_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________[insert additional declarations, if any].
NOW, THEREFORE, the Petitioner requests that the court order the Petitioner's name changed as follows:
I, ______________________________________________[name of Petitioner], affirm under penalty of perjury that I am the Petitioner in the foregoing Petition to Change Name of Adult and that all statements in this Petition are accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Subscribed and sworn to before me on this ____ day of __________________, 20_____. __________________________________Notary
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A Complaint for name change must be filed in the Superior Court in the County in which the person resides. An Order Fixing a Hearing Date is submitted and the Judge signs it and assigns a date when the matter will be heard. The Petition and the Order are served upon various governmental agencies who are given an opportunity to file an objection to the change of name if they so choose. Proof of this service must be filed with the Court. They are also published in the local paper in the legal notice section. The individual seeking the name change must then appear in Court for the Hearing. If the Judge is satisfied that the person has a legitimate reason to change his or her name and is not seeking to do so for any improper purpose then the Judge will grant the name change and sign an Order. This Order must then be publishes in the local paper and filed with the Secretary of State of New Jersey. The Judge also assigns a date on which the person may begin using their new name.The process of obtaining a name change usually takes between 60 and 90 days.
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