Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
In order to change your "official name" on your birth certificate and in official records in California, you will need to file a petition for a name change with your local court in CA. The following link can provide you with the step-by-step process that you will need to complete. You will receive a court date, after completing the process, in 6 to 12 weeks, at which the court will either approve or disapprove the proposal.
I do not see the link.
Sorry, here it is: http://www.courts.ca.gov/22489.htm
Thank you. I appreciate the info. Seems to be only a time-consuming process.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).