Name Change

Name Change

After getting married, name change is quite common. Other reasons a person may wish to change their name include divorce, safety concerns, to improve their business, or simply because the person does not like the name they were given. In the state of Florida, a name change must be approved by a judge in order to be legal. Though your new name may be reflected on your marriage certificate, name change must be applied for and validated before it is actually official. The Name Change Process Changing your name starts by filling out a form provided by the state. The process to change your name can actually be quite complicated if you are missing certain information about your family, if you have moved quite a bit, if you have a criminal record, or for a variety of other reasons. Aside from your Social Security number, you are required to present the following information when seeking a name change: Proof of residency in the county where you are applying for a name change Date and place of birth as well as parent’s names Places you have lived since birth The name of your spouse and the names, ages, and place of residency of any children Information for your employers from the last five years Any other names you are commonly known by Any felony convictions Any cases against you in which you owe someone money Whether or not your civil rights have ever been suspended Once your name change is approved, you will still need to complete your Social Security card name change. At the Social Security office, name change on your card is a relatively simple matter. Once your name change is legalized, you can go to the Social Security Administration website to request that your name be changed on your Social Security card. It is vital that you do this to ensure that you can continue to be paid legally by your employer and in order to receive Social Security benefits. In order to change your name, you must provide the reason why you would like to change your name. Marital name change is the most common reason and is almost always accepted. If you can’t present a valid reason why you would like to change your name, the judge may deny your petition. The judge may also deny your petition if he or she has reason to suspect that you may be changing your name for illegal purposes. If your name change petition has complicating factors that may lead a judge to deny your request, do not hesitate to contact Alliance Legal Group. At our law firm, we have helped many people change their names in minimal time. Whether you are a newlywed or went through a recent divorce, our attorneys and paralegals will present you with the legal services you need for a successful name change.