Name Change Attorney Alexandria VA
Name Change Virginia Petition
There are a variety of reasons why someone might choose to change their name. For instance, if you have recently married or divorced. However, changing your name can be a complicated process in Virginia. If you would like to change your name in Virginia please find a Civil Law Attorney who can help you if you live near Fairfax, Loudoun, and Arlington and Prince William counties.
Beyond filing out the necessary forms for name change, you must have good intentions. You cannot change your name to run away from debts, to harass people, to imitate a celebrity, or to hide from past convictions such as a registration on the sex offender’s registry. At any time after filing your name change petition and accompanying affidavit, you can be compelled to come to court and explain your intentions along with evidence. If you have been convicted of a crime, you may need to provide more than usual evidence to support your petition to prove you are not doing it for the wrong reasons.
You must also be a resident of the state for six months and a resident of the county for 30 days in order to qualify for name change. If you do not meet either of these qualifications, you will have to wait and refile the petition when you do qualify. Once again, you may be compelled into court to prove your residency.
Finally, you have to give adequate notice of your name change petition such as publication and in the event of a minor child, notice to any parties who have an interest in that child such as ex-spouses. In the event that you need a name change without service, such as hiding from an abusive ex-spouse who has no parental rights, you will have to ask for a special ex-parte hearing to prove why notice should not be required.
Getting a petition for a name change in Virginia is simple. Call Mughal Law Firm for a free consultation to see what your next step is.