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Names and Name Changes

This booklet is designed to answer some of the questions you may have about your rights regarding naming your children, recording your children’s names, changing your name, or changing your children’s names.

In particular, this booklet focuses on answering the following questions:

  • Deciding a child’s name
  • Where a child’s name is recorded; How a child’s name is recorded
  • Correcting birth records to reflect the child’s biological father
  • Changing your name
  • Changing your children’s names
  • If the other parent objects to changing the child’s names
  • Some other Name-Related Issues
    • Adoption
    • Naturalization

PDF icon  Name Changes and Naming Your Child Name Changes and Naming Your Child
Neighborhood Legal Services Family Law How-to Series, updated 2010

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

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