In California, a name change requires a court order.
For instructions how to change your child's name in California (without an attorney). see:
For instructions on how to amend a birth record, see:
Frank W. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.
The information Frank provided should help you understand the legal process. Keep in mind that for the benefit of your child, it's best to avoid an adversarial process. Also, if you and father have joint legal custody, father may be able to defeat your effort. If father is not in the picture, then it's a moot point. However, if he is, best to discuss the issue before filing any court action, and try to obtain his agreement to the name change.
You do not say anything about the father. Is he in the picture? Does he have joint legal custody? Do he exercise any visitation rights? You can file a name change but you will be required to notify the natural father. He has the right to object and if he does, the court will likely not grant the name change request and you will have wasted your money. You should probably consult with an attorney in person before doing anything.
Michael is in San Jose, California and can be reached at 408-295-4232 or at [email protected] Consultation fees, rates and retainers vary based on need and ability to pay.
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