Changing a Child's Name in Ohio

By Tom Streissguth

The state of Ohio allows you to petition for a change of legal name for a minor child. The process involves the filing of a petition in the county court where the child resides. There are few restrictions, and the state allows the change for any reason a parent or legal guardian deems sufficient, including religious beliefs. However, Ohio law bars any name changes for fraudulent purposes.

Step 1

Obtain an Ohio Petition for Change of Name for Minor. This form is available from the clerk of your county court. It is also available online at several sites that offer legal forms; you simply download, print and fill out the form, or fill it out online and then print it. Obtain a certified copy of the child's birth certificate.

Step 2

Fill out the petition with the requested information. This includes the former and proposed legal name, the child's birth date and place, residence, parents' names and the reason for the name change. You may also make declarations on the petition to the court.

Get help changing your legal name. Learn More

Step 3

Sign the petition. You must declare, under penalty of perjury, that you are the parent or legal guardian and are the one who completed the form. There is a space for a second petitioner, if required. You must also have the form notarized. Bring the form to a notary public, present identification and sign the form in the presence of the notary.

Step 4

Bring the petition, your photo ID and the certified birth certificate to the county court where the child resides. File the petition with the court clerk. You must pay a filing fee, which varies by county. The clerk will date-stamp the petition and enter it into the court record, at which point your petition becomes a public document.

Step 5

Receive a notice of hearing by certified mail from the clerk. The hearing will be scheduled so that a judge or court magistrate may review your petition with you and any legal parent or guardian, including a non-consenting parent. The magistrate or judge will hear any arguments from a non-consenting parent and then make a decision on whether to allow the name change.

Step 6

Receive certified copies of the Journal Entry Changing Name, which is the legal acknowledgement that the child's name change has been accepted by the court. Notify the Ohio Department of Health, Vital Statistics Division, who will append the notice to the Division's copy of the child's birth certificate if the child was born in Ohio.

Get help changing your legal name. Learn More
How to Change a Minor's Last Name in Ohio


Related articles

How Old Do You Have to Be to Change Your Name in NYS?

Name changes can be pursued for a variety of reasons. Sometimes they are requested as part of an existing legal proceeding, such as a divorce or adoption. In other cases, name changes are brought as independent actions. In New York state, adults over 18 may petition the court for a name change, and minors may do so with the consent of a parent or guardian. Understanding how the court review process differs for adults and minors will shed some light on the name change process in New York state.

Legal Ways to Change a Child's Last Name in Missouri

The state of Missouri allows minors to legally change their names, but the procedure is more complex and time-consuming than adult name changes. To complete the name change, you must file certain petitions and consent forms, as well as publish notice of the name change in a general circulation newspaper for a set period of time. In most cases, and always when one or both parents contest the name change, a hearing is necessary.

How to Legally Change a Child's Last Name in Texas

The Texas Family Code contains the regulations that outline the conditions of changing the name of a minor in the state. Parents, legal guardians or managing conservators, who are court-appointed guardians, may request to alter a child's name for adoptions, custody proceedings and other reasons. Parents must file a petition in the county court where the child resides and pay filing fees.

Doing the right thing has never been easier. Name Change

Related articles

How to Change a Child's Name in Texas

Texas laws allow you to legally change a child's name by filing a petition in court. Both parents and any other person ...

How to Change a Kid's Last Name

Changing a child's last name is often done as part of another matter, such as a paternity or adoption proceeding. ...

How to Legally Change Your Last Name in Kentucky

In Kentucky, any person over the age of 18 who has lived in Kentucky for at least six months may petition the local ...

Minor Child Name Change Laws in Michigan

There are many acceptable reasons to change a child’s legal name. The most common are marriage, remarriage or adoption. ...

Browse by category
Ready to Begin? GET STARTED