You will likely encounter some obstacles, but it might still be possible. The main reasons why a judge would not agree to change your name are:
-- If the judge finds that you are changing your name to commit fraud,
-- If the judge finds that you are changing your name to hide from the law or the police or for some other illegal reason.
-- If you are on probation or parole, the judge may not agree to change your name, unless your probation or parole officer is aware of your change of name and gives written consent. (If you are incarcerated, the Director of Corrections has to give permission to the court to let you change your name.)
Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice for a particular case. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult with your own attorney.