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How to Change Your Name

There may be different reasons for changing a person's name. The most widely spread ones are marriage, divorce, aversion to the name given by the parents, desire to assume a beautiful, expressive or rare name, necessity to disappear, etc. Thus, if your name is Gaylord Focker (remember the main character from the "Meet the Parents" movie?) you may want to change it. We will explain you how to do it.

Changing Your Name after Marriage

Marriage is the most common reason for changing the last name of a girl. Divorce is the second one in popularity. After marriage you will have to undertake the following steps:

Changing Your Name for Personal Reasons

If you are going to change your name for some personal reasons, most probably you will have to explain them to a judge during a court hearing. Fill out the name change petition, notarize the paper and submit it to the office of the local county clerk. Then just wait for a notification. They may ask you to be present in the hearing or do everything without you.

When you get the affidavit2 from the court, you should put up a notice in a newspaper informing about your name change. After that the court will give you the order which will be your ID before you get new passport, driving license, and card of social security.
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