Changing your name in California is not a difficult and complicated process, but you do need a court order to do it. However, you may also change your name under the California “common law,” where you may simply pick a new name for yourself. This is not as widely used now because it is not recognized by DMV, Social Security, schools, colleges…etc. So in order to officially use your name in legal documents, you must obtain a court order.
How to File a Petition for Name Change in California?
If you file a Petition for Name Change with the Court, it is required to publish the information in an approved newspaper of your county for four (4) consecutive weeks. When your papers correspond to the requirements, you will be notified about hearing the date and the judge will make a decision on your petition.
How to File a Petition for a Name and Gender Change in California?
If you want to be qualified for a change of gender, you are required to submit a declaration from a doctor, stating that you have undergone the necessary clinical treatment for gender change.
How to Change Name During a Divorce?
Those who are going through a divorce are allowed to file a Petition for Name Change. After divorce proceedings, you will be able to go back to your maiden name.
How to File a Petition for a Change of Name after Marriage in California?
Under California law, if you have recently married, some DMV and Social Security offices may accept your marriage license in order to change your name on documents without a court order.
When Would You Need an Attorney to Change Your Name in California?
If there are children involved during a divorce, or if one of the spouses is missing, and changing your name becomes a serious dispute, then it will be necessary to have an attorney during this crucial time.