Child Name Changes

Our mission is to make the name change process fast and easy. Client satisfaction is our top priority, so we take the time to walk you through each step and eliminate most of the legwork. Check out the step-by-step process below.

Child Name Change Process

Step 1 - Free Consultation

The first step to our child name change process is contacting us. You can call, text, or email us for a free 15-minute child name change consultation over the telephone. During this time, we will ask you a few questions to determine what your next steps are, and we will answer any questions you may have. During the consultation, you will be made aware of any documents necessary for your child’s legal name change. These documents often include birth certificate, social security card, prior court orders, passport, and other official government documents. After the consultation, you can set an appointment to get started.

Step 2 - Appointment with Attorney

We see clients Monday-Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at our conveniently located office. At your appointment, you will discuss your child’s name change with your attorney, who will create all necessary legal documents. At the end of your appointment, you will sign the documents with our on-site notary and provide payment. After the appointment, your attorney will file the documents and usher your child’s legal name change through the District Court. 

Step 3 - Court Hearing

Once your attorney has filed the necessary court documents, you and your attorney will attend a child name change hearing to present your case to the judge.* You will be sworn in and the attorney will guide you through questions about your case. Your attorney will make any necessary arguments before the judge to further your case. Only one parent or guardian must attend the court hearing for uncontested matters. 

*Contested cases may require additional work before the hearing. Under Covid rules, an in-person hearing may not be required.

 

Step 4 - Updating Records

Once the Court grants your child’s name change, your attorney will obtain and provide certified copies of your court order. Your attorney will provide you with instructions and all documentation necessary for updating your child’s birth certificate, social security card, passport, and driver's license, as applicable. 

Reasons Our Clients Change Their Childrens' Names

No matter the reason, we are here to make the child name change process as quick and simple as possible! Here are some of the most common reasons we encounter.

Using a Biological or Step-Parent’s Surname

Some of our clients want to change their child’s name to include their biological or step-parent’s surname. This may be to honor the individual or to indicate their involvement in the child’s life.

Correcting Errors

Our clients occasionally find themselves in the unfortunate situation where their the child's name was misspelled or listed incorrectly on their legal documents. We can help address these errors.

Like a Different Name Better

Some clients may simply prefer a different name for their child. Common reasons include preference for a childhood nickname, changing a middle name to a first name, or simplifying a name.

Religous or Cultural Reasons

Clients may choose to change their child’s name for religious or cultural reasons. Whether it is to choose a name from the Bible or other Holy Book, choose a name that reflects their cultural background, or to “Americanize” their name, we are here to support you through the process.

Child Name Change Cost

We recognize that every child name change situation is unique. That’s why we offer several packages starting at $799 that vary based on your circumstances. Call, text, or email us today for your free 15-minute consultation to determine which package is right for your specific situation.

All Parents/Guardians/Conservators Agree and Can Attend Appointment

$799 Flat Rate
  • This package is for situations in which all legal parents, guardians, and/or conservators agree and can attend the appointment with the attorney.
  • Free 15-Minute Consultation
  • Attorney-Client Meeting
  • Name Change Petition, Order, and Affidavits
  • Onsite Notary
  • Filing Fees & Certified Copies of Name Change Order
  • In-Court Representation as needed
  • Documents & Guidance to Update Government ID’s and Records

All Parents/Guardians/Conservators Agree, But Not Everyone Can Attend Appointment

$899 Flat Rate
  • This package is for when all parents, guardians, and/or conservators agree, but not everyone can attend the client-attorney appointment.
  • Free 15-Minute Consultation
  • Attorney-Client Meeting
  • Name Change Petition, Order, and Affidavits
  • Onsite Notary
  • Filing Fees & Certified Copies of Name Change Order
  • In-Court Representation as needed
  • Documents & Guidance to Update Government ID’s and Records
  • * Note - If a Parent/Guardian/Conservator changes their mind, the matter will be charged under the Contested Plan.

Child Has No Legal or Presumed Father

$999 Starting Rate
  • This package is for when the child has no legal or presumed father, and does not have a court-appointed guardian or conservator.
  • If the judge agrees that no other person needs to be involved, the total cost will be $999.
  • If the judge decides that another person needs to be involved, the matter will be considered Contested and charged under the Contested Plan if that person cannot or will not sign in agreement.
  • Free 15-Minute Consultation
  • Attorney-Client Meeting
  • Name Change Petition, Order, and Affidavits
  • Onsite Notary
  • Filing Fees & Certified Copies of Name Change Order
  • In-Court Representation as needed
  • Official Documents & Guidance to Update Government ID’s and Records

Contested Case

$2,000 Retainer
  • *Billing against retainer at $200 per hour
  • This package is for when not all parents, guardians, and/or conservators will agree to the proposed name change.
  • Free 15-Minute Consultation
  • Attorney-Client Meeting
  • Name Change Petition, Order, and Affidavits
  • Onsite Notary
  • Filing Fees & Certified Copies of Name Change Order
  • In-Court Representation as needed
  • Documents & Guidance to Update Government ID’s and Records

Ready to Change Your Child's Name?

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