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Changing your name in Virginia involves a detailed legal process. You must file a petition with the circuit court in your county, and the court must review and approve your request before issuing an order granting the name change. This order allows you to update your name on important documents like your driver’s license and social security card. At Robinson Law, PLLC, we understand this process can be daunting. Our attorneys have a deep knowledge of Virginia’s court systems, which we use to your advantage in all types of family law cases. Throughout the process, our team remains professional, insightful, and timely.

When you choose Robinson Law, PLLC, you can expect compassionate and experienced legal help. We start with a consultation to discuss your reasons for the name change and explain the process. Next, we prepare and file all necessary documents with the court and represent you at the court hearing if required. Finally, we assist you in obtaining the court order and updating your legal documents. Let us guide you through your name change with ease and confidence. For dedicated legal assistance, call us today at 703-214-8496. We make the name change process simple and stress-free.

What Are the Name Change Laws in Fairfax, Virginia?

In Virginia, the process for changing your name is governed by Article 20. Change of Name. § 8.01-217. This statute outlines how an individual can legally change their name through the court system. To initiate a name change, you must petition the circuit court in the county or city where you reside. The petition should include:

  • Your current name;
  • The desired new name;
  • The reasons for the change; and
  • Any previous name changes you have undergone.

Additionally, you must provide a copy of your birth certificate and any other relevant documents.

The court will review your petition to ensure the name change is not being requested for fraudulent or malicious purposes. If the court finds the request legitimate, it will issue an order granting the name change. This court order is then used to update your name on all official documents, such as your driver’s license, social security card, and passport.

Examples of when someone might want to change their name include:

  • A newly married individual wants to take their spouse’s last name;
  • A person who has gone through a fault or no-fault wishes to revert to their maiden name;
  • An individual seeking a name that better reflects their gender identity; and
  • Someone who simply dislikes their given name and wants a fresh start with a new one.

At Robinson Law, PLLC, our Fairfax family law attorneys understand that the name change process can feel overwhelming. Our attorneys use their in-depth knowledge of Virginia’s court systems to assist you through each step, ensuring your petition is thorough and accurately filed. From the initial consultation to obtaining the final court order, we provide professional, timely, and compassionate legal help.

Do I Need an Attorney for a Name Change?

Working with an attorney for a name change in NOVA ensures the process is handled smoothly and correctly. Additionally, attorneys can assist with related issues like estate planning and updating wills, making sure all your legal documents reflect your new name.

Under Virginia law, anyone wanting to change their name, or that of their child or ward can apply to the circuit court in their county or city of residence. If the person has no fixed residence, they can apply to any circuit court, which will consider the application if it finds good cause. An incarcerated person may apply to the circuit court of the county or city where they are incarcerated. For a minor without living parents or guardians, the child’s next friend can make the application. If a minor has both parents living, the non-applying parent must be served with reasonable notice of the application. If this parent objects, a hearing will determine whether the name change is in the minor’s best interest.

Working through these legal requirements and ensuring all necessary documents are correctly filed can be complex. An attorney knowledgeable of Virginia’s court systems is crucial to making this process smoother and more manageable.

Changing your name is a significant personal decision. Our attorneys understand the importance of this process and provide compassionate, professional assistance. We’re committed to handling your name change efficiently so you can move forward with confidence.

Speak with a Fairfax Name Change Lawyer to Get Started Today

Having an attorney from Robinson Law, PLLC, means you receive personalized guidance every step of the way. We prepare and file your documents and represent you in court, ensuring your petition is accurate and complete. We offer free consultations and reasonable pricing if you decide to move forward with your name change petition. To learn more, and to speak with a Virginia name change attorney about your needs today, give the lawyers at Robinson Law, PLLC, a call at 703-542-3616. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form.