Carroll County, MD Lawyer - Legal Name Changes
Legally Changing Your Name in Maryland (Carroll County, Baltimore County, Howard County, and the surrounding areas)
Would you like to legally change your name? Are you in the middle of a divorce and would like to revert back to your maiden name? Would you now like to take your spouse's name following marriage? Are you adopting a child or blending two families by adopting a step-child? Do you need to correct something on a birth certificate? Parents may change the name of a child born in Maryland one time within the first year, without a court order. Do you have another reason for wanting to legally change your name? As long as the name change is not being sought for any illegal or fraudulent purposes, the courts will generally grant a name change.
If you are actively involved in geting a divorce, and would like to revert back to your maiden name, that request can be included as part of the final divorce. If you were divorced previously, but did not request a name change at that time, or within 18 months after a final decree of absolute divorce, then you must submit a new petition to the appropriate Court.
Filing for a Name Change
In Maryland, the name change process is started by filing a petition for name change in the appropriate county. Securing a name change requires the courts approval. If you would like to legally change your name, I can help by filing the necessary paperwork and making the name change process as efficient and easy as possible.
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