What are some common reasons for changing your legal name?
- Personal Choice. You may simply not like your name or may want a name that is more easily spelled or pronounced. With TotalLegal, you can change your last name, first name and/or middle name.
- Change a Child's Name. The absence of a parent in a child's life, changes in parental rights/custody, and paternity determinations are among the most common reasons to change a child's name.
- Share a Last Name. Couples may want to create a hyphenated or entirely new last name for themselves.
- Divorce. If you took your spouse's last name upon marriage, you may want to resume a former name if you separate or divorce. In most states, it is easy to include a name change in your Divorce Decree.
Fraud and Name Changes. The court will not grant a name change that
is requested for a fraudulent or illegal purpose such as evading criminal
prosecution or a civil lawsuit, avoiding creditors, or identity theft.
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