Well, I’ve been planning to post the same question for a while, because I’m considering the same thing myself.
I’ve already researched it online, so the info I am looking for is a little more subjective. I live in Pennsylvania, I was born in New York City. I will be 21 in about 3 weeks. I want to change my middle and last names, keeping the first the same. From what I’ve read online, the judge must feel that the name change is reasonable, and can deny it if they think it is unnecessary.
My mother divorced my father when I was young and remarried. I consider my step-father to be my father, and I want my last name to match that of my mom and “dad.” I’ve wanted to do this since I was very young, but since my mother had an amicable divorce she didn’t do it, and I was never adopted. I have a few other reasons, too. My birth name is really ugly, while my parents’ last name is not. I am tired of having to explain to everyone and their momma why my parents and I have different names. I am at the ass end of the alphabet and they are not. The list goes on… Doper judges/lawyers/people with experience, do you think this is a reasonable name change?
I used my parent’s last name when we lived in New York (got paid with it, filed W-2s, etc.), but when I transferred to high school in PA, they refused to let me use it without a legal name change. I also have a bank account (joint, parent’s and mine)with my parent’s last name. However, my own accounts, driver’s licence, car, social security, bills and college ID are all in my birth name.
I want to get this done before I graduate college, so that this name is on my diploma, and because I think there will be less hassle if I do it before I am “out on my own.”
bienville, sorry for the hijack and best of luck! Hopefully you will get some good info out of this, too. Keep us posted!