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Here in Arizona, any capable adult may decide to legally change their name as long as certain conditions are met. The first step in the process is to file an application with the court. At AZ Diamond Documents, our team of AZ legal document preparers can provide the necessary name change services and guide you through the entire process.

Name changes for adults or children

Sometimes a name change is important for moving forward after a marriage or divorce. A fresh name can help launch someone into a new life, such as name-changes for kids following a divorce.

For adult name-change services, the process is straightforward. Here in AZ, anyone 18 or older is considered an adult and may legally change his or her name.

Requirements for changing a name in AZ

Ultimately, it’s up to the court to decide whether to allow a name change. The court has reasons for not allowing a particular name change.

For example, changes are not allowed if the court suspects an attempt to avoid civil judgments, debts, or criminal prosecutions, or to defraud people. If a name change might cause conflict or confusion because of an existing name already in use, the court may decline to allow such a change.

In general, courts have held that reasonable grounds for changing a name are those which are consistent with the overall public interest. Common situations that spark a name change include:

  • Marriage
  • Divorce or dissolutio
  • Child custody or adoption
  • Stage names or professional names
  • Religious or spiritual purposes

Requirements for giving notice

The court may order a notice of your proposed name change to be published in a newspaper or other local-circulation media outlet. You may be required to send a written notice with legal service (confirmed delivery) to interested individuals or organizations.

During a brief hearing, the court considers your application. If your legal documents and evidence support it, the court may order a change of name at the hearing.

After that, you’re free to begin using your new legal name!

It’s possible that someone may object to a name change. The court has the discretion to consider any reasonable objection to a name change. One of the key criteria for approving a name change is if it would be in the public interest.

Conditions for changing a name

When applying for a name change, you’ll be asked to swear under penalty of perjury:
  • If you’ve even been convicted of a felony
  • If you have any criminal or civil charges pending, in particular, those involving misrepresentation or identity theft
  • If you’re knowingly using the name of another person in order to commit or further a crime
  • Acknowledgment of the fact that changing a name won’t release you from any previous obligation

Expert legal document preparation service for your AZ name change

When you’re thinking about something as important as changing a name – especially when children are involved – it’s important to complete the process correctly the first time. The professionals at AZ Diamond Documents can help,

Our team of experienced document preparers can help you prepare a strong application for successful results. And we’ll guide you through the entire process of filing and following up.

Ready to change a name? Just contact us today!

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