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Changing a Child’s Name in Texas

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There are many circumstances that warrant changing a child’s legal name. If both parents agree on the name change, the process is often cost-effective and quick. By contrast, if both parents cannot agree on the name change, the issue may need to be resolved through a court hearing.

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If you are interested in changing your child’s legal name, whether or not your spouse agrees, our Houston family law attorney at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC can help. We have a comprehensive knowledge of the Texas legal system and can help you navigate the potential complexities of the name change process.

The Process of Changing a Child’s Name

The child’s parent or legal guardian may file a name-change petition in the county where the child lives. On the petition, the parent must also write down the reason for the change of name, the requested full names, and if there was a previous court order involving the child.

If the child is 10 years of age or older, the petition must include the child’s written consent. In general, the court will grant the name change if the child provides a written consent—even if one parent objects. The court will change a child’s name if it decides it is in the best interest of the child. If the parents do not agree on the name change, you need to obtain legal representation from a skilled attorney.

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We understand that change a child’s name can be a complicated issue, especially when it’s being contested. Our Houston family lawyer can protect you and your child’s rights from start to finish and ensure that you obtain a favorable outcome.

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