The name change will be filed in the appropriate court based on your zip code. You will need a Social Security Number.
For a minor name change, the Lawyer will advise. You may wish to change the minor’s last name only or you may wish to change the father’s name on the birth certificate. A change to the father’s name on the birth certificate usually requires that you file a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship (also called a Paternity Action) if you were not married. However, for a minor name change only, the biological father would need to be notified and if the address is unknown then we would need to perform a ‘search’. There is an additional fee of $100 for the search.
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