If you want to get a legal name change, then a North Carolina family law attorney can help. An attorney will make this process go a lot more smoothly. There are a few steps that you will have to take in order to legally change your name.
Get a State and Federal Background Check
Before you can legally change your name, you will have to undergo a state and federal background check. The purpose of the background checks is to make sure that you are not changing your name to evade a criminal past or creditors. You will have to get your fingerprints taken in addition to getting a state and federal background check.
Fill out the Necessary Paperwork
There are several types of paperwork that you will have to complete before you can change your name. You will have to complete a Notice of Intent to File Name Change and the Petition for Name Change. You will also need to designate two people to fill out an Affidavit of Good Character. If you need help filling out the paperwork, then you can contact Tony Huynh.
Get the Documents Notarized
After you have filled out the necessary paperwork, you will need to sign them in front of a notary public. You can find a notary public at any bank. Additionally, you will need to file the paperwork with the civil clerk’s office. You will most likely be able to change your name if all of the requirements have been met.
Changing a Child’s Name
It is more challenging to change a child’s name. Both parents or legal guardians have to consent to the name change. However, if one parent has sole custody of the child, and the minor is at least 16-years-old, then the other parent does not have to consent. The process of changing a child’s name is similar to the process of changing an adult’s name. The necessary paperwork will have to be filled out and filed at the civil clerk’s office.