Name changes for an adult or child are permitted in Florida following the proper legal procedure. In general, a party seeking a name change must pass a background check and swear the name change is made in good faith. The Petition required to be filed can be daunting as an individual must list extensive historical information. In most cases, a name change for a minor child must be agreed upon by the child’s parents.
Many times, we have clients from other countries who wish to simplify their names, especially their surnames. After 9/11 our country became more stringent on the rules regarding identification documents such as passports, state identification cards, and licenses. A name change can resolve travel, work, and personal headaches some citizens face.