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Legal Name Changes

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The process for changing your name in Florida can be easy and swift with the help of an experienced lawyer. In order to legally change your name, you must undergo a criminal background check and have your fingerprints documented.

Along with the petition to change your name, the state requires the following information:

  • Proof of residency in the county where the petition is filed
  • Birthplace and date of birth
  • Father’s name and mother’s maiden name
  • Previous bankruptcy information
  • Previous residences
  • Previous criminal records

The state of Florida reserves the right to deny any name change petition it believes to be backed by an ulterior or illegal motive. Our Fort Walton Beach lawyers can help you draft the proper statement to assure the lawful intention of your name change.

Reason for Name Change

There are a number of reasons to change your name, including marriage, divorce, personal preference, or for the safety of a child. With proper documentation, any of these reasons can be used to petition the state for a name change.

Marriage Name Change
Marriage is one of the most common reasons for a name change. You can use your marriage license to make the official request, and, when approved, the change will be applicable to your Social Security card and driver’s license as well.

Divorce Name Change
After a divorce, reverting back to your maiden name is relatively simple. Similar to a marriage license, you can use your divorce petition to file a request for a name change. Upon completion of your divorce, the court will allow you to legally change your name at the DMV and Social Security offices.

Personal Preference Name Change
When applying for a name change based on personal preference, you simply need to supply the proper information, along with your application. Your application will be reviewed by the court and either granted or denied. After approval, you will need to contact the appropriate offices to make sure all documents list your new name.

Child Name Change
When requesting a name change for a child, you’ll have to jump through a few extra hoops. With the proper documentation, Florida allows entire families to change their name if it is in the best interest of a child. During a name change involving a child of a single parent, the court will notify the child’s other biological parent.

Call Our Fort Walton Beach Name Change Lawyers Today at (800) 822-5170

The process of changing your name can be long and stressful – let us take care of it for you. Our attorneys have over 40 years of experience practicing family law, including legal name changes, and can help guide you through the entire process. We can help you fill out the right documents, file the proper paperwork, and streamline the entire legal process.

Contact our Fort Walton Beach attorneys now for a consultation.

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