Often in a dissolution of marriage action, a party may seek to restore his or her “maiden” name. Of course, there are instances, where someone seeks to assume an entirely new name. A party may also seek to change his or her child’s name.
When a party desires to change his or her own name during a divorce proceeding, he or she may request that the court enter an order changing that party’s name. If the party waits until after the divorce is final, a new Petition for Name Change must be filed and additional costs must be paid.
If a party seeks to change his or her child’s name, the party seeking to do so must file a Petition for Name Change. If the other parent does not agree to the name change, then the party seeking to change his or her child’s name must prove that the name change is in the best interests of the child or is necessary for the welfare of the child. There are many factors the court will consider when determining what is the child’s best interests or what is necessary to protect the child’s welfare.
Because the process of changing one’s name entails certain proof requirements, it is important to be represented by an attorney who has experience dealing with these matters. The attorneys at Nicole L. Goetz, P.L. have that experience. Please contact our office in Naples, Florida to schedule a confidential consultation if you would like more information regarding the process of changing your name or your child’s name.