There are tons of reasons someone may want to change their own, or their children's name. Some of which include:
To reflect a biological parent
To reflect the correct spelling
In response to a divorce or marriage
For safety purposes, and so on...
In all cases of name change, an approved newspaper within your jurisdiction's circulation must be listed on the petition. At the time of filing the court will set a hearing date at lease 5 weeks out. Within those 5 weeks, the petition must be published in the newspaper assigned in the petition for a
total of 4 consecutive weeks. Proof of publication must be filed with the court before the assigned hearing date. Then, you will get a court date between 6 and 12 weeks away. If the court approves your request, you will get a court order called a "decree" changing your name. The court process can take up to 3 months, though in busier courts it may take longer.
Name Changes for children:
If you and the child’s other parent agree to change your child's name, you can choose to file your request in court together.
If you are the only parent filing a petition (request) to change your child's name - whether the other parent agrees or not - you will have to serve the other parent with the petition. If your child's other parent does not agree to changing the child's name, he or she has the right to oppose your request.
If the judge approves your request, you will get a court order called a "decree" changing your child's name. The court process can take up to 3 months, though in busier courts it may take longer.
Name Changes for adults:
There is no need to serve another party with your petition for name change, granted there are no children associated with your case.