Georgia Name Change Requirements

Important Notes:

  • Our forms services are ONLY designed to cover simple, uncontested name changes. Our services should not be used if the applicant or minor has been convicted of a crime, has claimed bankruptcy, has judgments or liens against them, is not a U.S. citizen, or is a registered sex offender. Instead, you should consider contacting an attorney in your area. These circumstances could cause complications, which may result in the action being denied and/or contested.
  • To use our Georgia Name Change for a Minor service, certain adults with legal rights regarding the child will need to be notified of the proposed legal action. Any non-petitioning parent, managing conservator or legal guardian will need to be notified. The applicant is required to do this even if (s)he has sole custody of the child. Similarly, if the applicant is the child's legal guardian, they will also need to serve the child's parents. Consent should be obtained from any non-petitioning parent who has not terminated their parental rights. Important Note: The written consent of a parent shall not be required if the parent has not contributed to the support of the child for a continuous period of five (5) years or more immediately preceding the filing of the Petition.

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for an Adult in Georgia

Georgia law requires certain things before you can file for a name change and/or during the name change process in Georgia. These requirements include:

  • You (the Petitioner) must be an adult.
  • The only way someone can obtain a name change in the State of Georgia is if the change of name is being requested by someone who has been a resident of the State of Georgia for a minimum of six (6) months. You must be a resident of Georgia in order for a Georgia Court to have jurisdiction to hear your case. You will file this action in the County where you reside. If you are a resident of a military base in the State of Georgia, then you must be a resident of the State of Georgia for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • You must have proper and reasonable cause for the requested change of name.
  • You are not changing your name to avoid debts, to defraud creditors or to infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Again, please remember, our form services are ONLY designed to cover simple, uncontested name change actions. Our forms services should not be used if you have been convicted of a crime, have claimed bankruptcy, have judgments or liens against you, are not a U.S. citizen, or you are a registered sex offender. Instead, you should consider contacting an attorney in your area. These circumstances could cause complications, which may result in your action being denied and/or contested.

Requirements to File for a Change of Name for a Minor in Georgia

Certain requirements exist which must be met before you can file for a name change for a minor and/or during the name change process for a minor in Georgia. These requirements include:

  • You (the parent/legal guardian/etc. (Petitioner)) must be an adult.
  • You must file the application for change of name in the county where you and the minor child reside.
  • You must file a certified copy of the minor child's birth certificate with the Petition.
  • You must have proper and reasonable cause for the requested change of name.
  • You are not changing the minor's name to avoid debts, to defraud creditors or to infringe upon the rights of others.
  • Again, please remember, this form system is also ONLY designed to cover a simple, uncontested name change for a minor. Our forms and services should not be used if you or the minor have been convicted of a crime, have claimed bankruptcy, have judgments or liens against you, are not a U.S. citizen, or you are a registered sex offender.

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