Name Changes

Name Change Attorney In St. Paul

A person’s name is tied to their identity. Because of this, if you feel like you need or want to change your name or change your last name after a divorce, then you should take the steps to do so. In all circumstances, to change your name you must make a request to the courts. In Minnesota, you need to have lived in the state for 6 months before filing with the courts. 

If you need or have interest in exploring the option of changing your name, our firm has extensive experience in helping with the process. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech savvy and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be.

Changing Your Name

If you are considering changing your last name after a divorce or changing your name after moving from another country, there are different processes to follow. 

  • Post Divorce Name Change: If you are changing your last name after a divorce, then you can have the name change included in your divorce judgment. If you do not use that process, then you can file a name change form with the court. 
  • General Name Change: If you want to change your name for the purposes of changing your name back to your original name after moving from another country, then you use the name change form with the courts.

Another thing to consider when going through a name change is the timeline. If you do a name change, you may need to submit a background check. If you do this directly with the courts, it may take weeks or months to move the process forward. When working with an attorney on name changes, there is potential for the whole process to be completed within a week.

Name Changes for Children

If you are looking to change your child's name, then the process can become far more difficult. Name Changes for children are very common, but a parent has the right to contest the name change. Even if the parent initiating the name change has sole legal custody, the other parent can come into the picture and contest the change and push the request to trial. Because of this, it is important to have an attorney help with the filing process.

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Changing Your Last Name After Divorce

If you are in the process of getting a divorce and want to change your last name back to your maiden name, the easiest way to do so is to include the name change in your divorce judgment. If the name change is approved, the judge will include it in the divorce order. Once you have your name changed, you will need to move forward with getting your name updated on; your driver's license, social security card, bank accounts, retirement accounts and titles / deeds.

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At the Law Office of Clarence Patterson III, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech savvy and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs.

Our firm primarily serves the areas of Ramsey County, Washington County, Hennepin County, Dakota County and other areas around Minnesota. If you are in need of an experienced family law attorney in Minnesota, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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