It is very rare that a court will "arbitrarily" decide anything. It is always best to be prepared when you go before the court. Have a reasoned, well thought out, explaination for the change. As my brother counsel has advised, if the reason for the change is merely to avoid or hide from your past, that probably is not a sound reason, and the court may deny it based upon that. Again, preparation is the key. Good Luck.
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No the Judge would not arbitrarily deny it. If there was some concern about your attempt to avoid the criminal past, that may be a concern. Having just filed the Petition, I would give it at least 45-60 days before being concerned about what the Court will do. Follow up with the Judge's office after 1.30.2012 if you dont have a response.
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