Name Changes

Individuals are able to change their names due to marriage, divorce, sex change, or just because. To obtain a legal name change one will either need to produce a marriage certificate or a Court-Order signed by the judge.

To obtain a Court-Ordered name change as an adult, the following requirements need to be met:

  • Live in the same county for at least a year;
  • Be 18 years of age or older;

An individual will be prevented from obtaining a Court-Ordered name change if they are:

  • Involved in any kind of lawsuit;
  • On probation or parole;
  • Barred as a sex offender from changing a name as described in Utah Code § 77-41-105(9);
  • Attempting to avoid creditors, fines, or sentences in criminal actions;
  • Intending to use the change of name to commit a crime; or
  • If the change of name interferes with the rights of others; or
  • If the change of name is bizarre, unduly lengthy, ridiculous, or offensive to common decency and good taste (i.e. R2D2, Hashtag, etc).

To obtain a Court-Ordered name change for a minor the following requirements need to be met:

  • Live in the same county for at least a year; and
  • Consent from both parents.

A Court-Order for the name change of a minor will be prevented if:

  • Minor is involved in any kind of lawsuit;
  • Minor is on probation or parole;
  • Minor is barred as a sex offender from changing a name as described in Utah Code §77-41-105(9)
  • Name change is being used as an attempt to avoid creditors, fines, or sentences in criminal actions;
  • Name change is being used as an attempt to commit a crime;
  • Name change interferes with the rights of others;
  • Name change is bizarre, unduly lengthy, ridiculous, or offensive to common decency and good taste (i.e. R2D2, Hashtag, etc.)

The court must find that the name change for a minor is in the best interest of the minor. They will consider multiple facts with regards to the minor such as the minor's preference, relationship with parents, length of time minor has had name, etc.

The process of obtaining a Court-Ordered name change consists of obtaining a certificate from the Departments of Corrections regarding the Sex Offender Registry.

Individuals will need to personally attend a hearing in front of a judge to obtain the signed court-order for their name change.

 

For more information, you can go to the court's website at:

Utah Legal Clinic Pricing for Name Changes:

  • DIY Adult Name Change: $250.00 Flat Fee + $360.00 filing fee paid directly to the Court = $610.00 total cost 
  • Attorney Assisted Adult Name Change: $685.00 Flat Fee (this includes the $360.00 filing fee paid to the Court by our office as your counsel)
  • Uncontested Minor Name Change: $750.00 Retainer 
  • Contested Minor Name Change: $1,250.00 Retainer
  • Hearing Attendance: $100.00 Flat Fee

Please contact our office for a consultation today.