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    Name Change

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    1. Name Changes for Minors 

     In all name changes for minors, both natural parents must consent to the name change or be notified of the hearing on the application for the change of the minor's name.  If one parent does not consent he/she must be served with notice of the application and hearing by certified mail.  The applicant is required to serve this notice and file an affidavit of service with this Court.  The certified mail receipt return from the post office must be attached to the affidavit.

     
    • This Court may reject any application where reasonable steps have not been taken to locate the parent's address
    • The custodial parent is the only parent who can make application to change the name of a minor
    • The applicant and any minor who has reached the age of six must attend the hearing. All hearings will be held at the Montgomery County Probate Court, 41 N. Perry Street, Dayton, Ohio 45422
    • A CERTIFIED copy of the child's birth certificate MUST be attached to the application before the application will be accepted for filing
    • A CERTIFIED copy of a death certificate for a deceased parent MUST be attached to the application before the application will be accepted for filing
    • If the applicant is not the natural parent of the minor they MUST submit a CERTIFIED copy of any court order establishing custody or guardianship at the time of filing the application
    • At the time of the hearing, the applicant MUST also provide proof of their identity by picture identification such as a driver's license 

    Publication Requirements and Costs for All Cases
    Notice of all applications for change of name must be published for at least thirty (30) days prior to the hearing.  Publication is done in the Dayton Daily News also known as Cox Media Group Ohio.  The Dayton Daily News is a private publication that has no connection to this Court.  The applicant must contact Cox Media Group Ohio to place the publication notice.  Cox Media Group, Ohio will charge an additional fee for this publication.   The Cox Media Group Ohio office is located at 1611 S. Main Street, Dayton, 45409; (937) 225-7367.

    How to Submit Legal Notifications for Publication in the Daily Law Journal

     
    2. Name Changes for Adults

    The applicant must attend the hearing in person.  All hearings will be held at the Montgomery County Probate Court, 41 North Perry Street, Dayton, Ohio 45422.  The applicant must also provide proof of their identify by picture identification such as a driver's license.

    Publication Requirements and Costs for All Cases
    Notice of all applications for change of name must be published for at least thirty (30) days prior to the hearing.   Publication is done in the Dayton Daily News also known as Cox Media Group Ohio.  The Dayton Daily News is a private publication that has no connection to this Court.  The applicant must contact Cox Media Group Ohio to place the publication notice.  Cox Media Group, Ohio will charge an additional fee for this publication.   The Cox Media Group Ohio office is located at 1611 S. Main Street, Dayton, 45409; (937) 225-7367.

    How to Submit Legal Notifications for Publication in the Daily Law Journal

    Note
    Once a name change application has been filed, there will be no Court cost refunds.
     

     

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