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Legally Changing Your Name In Texas? Our Firm Is Here To Help.

It has long been a tradition for one spouse to change their name after getting married, or for both spouses to hyphenate their individual surnames into one new family name. Although this is a common practice, it should be acknowledged that legally changing your name can come with both emotional and logistical difficulties. If you’ve made this very personal decision for yourself and/or your children, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced attorney like ours at Shemesh Family Law. There are important legal steps to take and boxes to check to make sure the name change process is done correctly, and our lawyers are prepared to guide from start to finish.

On this page, we’ve provided answers to some commonly asked questions about name changes in Texas. After reading, you can get answers to any additional questions during an initial consultation at our Dallas office.

How much does it cost to change your name?

Costs will depend on factors like the method you use for the name change, which part of Texas you file in and whether you work with an attorney. Currently, the costs for filing fees and related expenses will typically be between $150 and $300.

How long does the name-change process take?

Time will vary based on the same factors listed above. Changing your name could take just a day, it could take six months or some amount of time in between. Working with an attorney will ensure that there are no undue delays or problems that could derail the process.

Is changing my name after divorce more difficult than the change when I got married?

It is not considerably more difficult as long as you are reverting back to your original name (sometimes called your maiden name). Your request to restore your original name needs to be included in your divorce petition, and a copy of the divorce decree can be used as documentary evidence when getting the change approved.

What does the adult name-change process entail?

If you want to change your name for reasons other than marriage or divorce, you’ll need to file an “Original Petition for Change of Name” in your county of residence. You must include important personally identifying information in the petition including Social Security number, current address, birthdate and driver’s license number. You’ll also be required to submit a copy of your fingerprints and verify that you haven’t been convicted of any crimes that would disqualify you for a name change.

The process will include attending a hearing with a judge, who will approve or deny the change.

Is the process different for changing a child’s name?

Much of the process is the same. However, there some important things to be aware of. First of all, the petition must be filed by the child’s parent, legal guardian or conservator. If both parents are still living and retain their parental rights, both must approve of the name change or one parent must have the other parent served with a legal notice that the petition has been filed. If the child is age 10 or older, they must give their written consent to the change, which must be included in the petition.

Why should I work with an attorney when seeking a name change?

Changing your name or your child’s name can be complicated and require many steps. Because a name is both a personal and legal identity, it’s important to ensure that the process goes smoothly and is completed correctly. Working with an attorney who is experienced in family law is perhaps the best way to do that.

Let Us Answer Your Questions During An Initial Consultation.

At Shemesh Family Law, our attorneys provide caring and dedicated legal representation to clients throughout the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area. We offer a 30-minute consultation for new clients. To schedule yours, just call our Dallas office at 214-504-2127. You can also reach us using our online contact form. Se habla español.