The main way to change your name is by filing a Petition for a Change of Name.
If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to your former name, you can usually do that in your divorce case. If you are getting divorced in California, and the divorce is not final yet, you can ask the court to restore your name to your former name. Contact a lawyer or your local Family Law Facilitator to find out how to do this.
If you were divorced in California and didn't change your name in your divorce, you can ask the court to restore your former name. Contact a lawyer or your local Family Law Facilitator to find out how to do this.
The following forms will be needed to change your name:
Sample forms are provided to review what the forms may look like when completed.
Internet: For free, you can log onto www.courts.ca.gov and click on “Forms & Rules” and then “Browse All Forms.” You can locate the forms needed by clicking on the Name Changes group of forms and then by form number.
Court Clerk’s Office: For $5, you may obtain a packet of blank forms from:
Court Filing Fee: The Court will charge a fee to file this case, unless you apply and qualify for a fee waiver.
Newspaper Fee: In addition to the Court filing fee, you will need to pay the newspaper a fee to publish your Order to Show Cause for Change of Name (NC-120). Publishing the name change request in a local newspaper is required and the Court cannot waive the newspaper fee.