Name Change

What’s in a Name? Navigating Name Change in Maryland

In Maryland, as part of a divorce proceeding, you can change your name to a legal name by which you were known prior to the marriage. You can also change your name as part of a legal adoption.

If your name change is not associated with a divorce proceeding or with an adoption proceeding, or if you want a totally different name, then other procedures are required under the law. Name changes can be had for either adults or children but strict procedures apply and must be followed closely. Additionally, name changes may be both contested and uncontested.

A few of the required steps to legally change your name in Maryland include:

  • filing a petition in the circuit court of the county where you reside
  • complying with notice provisions, including publishing a precisely worded notice of intended name change in the local newspaper
  • demonstrating that your desired name change is not to avoid creditors; not for any illegal purpose; and not for purposes of fraud or misrepresentation
  • waiting the statutory period of time
  • appearing for a hearing in instances of contested cases

Many uncontested name changes can be completed within three months of filing the petition, provided all requirements are met. Contested name change matters have several other requirements that must be met and take longer to conclude. To ensure that the process is done correctly and timely, contact the Prince George’s County Name Change Attorney, at the Law Office of Robin Rucker Gaillard, LLC, at 301-363-2933 for a consultation today.

To optimize your name change consultation and streamline the process, make sure to bring the required documentation, including official copies of your birth certificates, any marriage certificates, any divorce decrees, and government issued photo identification.

To change your name, call the Law Office of Robin Rucker Gaillard, LLC, at 301-363-2933 for a consultation today.

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