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Find out who’s eligible to change their name

Determine if you're eligible for a name change.

You can file for a name change in Massachusetts if you are 18 years or older and want to legally change your name.  Parents can file to change their minor child’s name.

Parents have the right to change the name of their child under the age of 18 years old. You must have legal custody of your child to ask for a name change. If parents cannot agree on a child’s name, the court will decide based on the best interest of the child. If a child is born out-of-wedlock, the court may consider other factors.

You file for a name change at the Probate and Family Court in the county where you live. If you are seeking a name change for a minor who is the subject of a pending proceeding in the Juvenile Court, you may file for a name change in that Juvenile Court.


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