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A person who wishes to attain a legal name change may file an application with the probate court where they reside. The court must publish the name change application in the local newspaper. There are two types of name change applications: one for adults and one for minors.
Adult Name Changes
Persons who have lived in Wayne County for one year or more may apply to the court to legally change their name. An adult may apply to change their name by filing their application with the court.
Minor Name Changes
An adult parent or guardian may apply to change the name of a minor by filing the application with the court. The applicant must also obtain the consent of both parents if living. The court may grant the application if the court determines that the name change is in the best interests of the child.
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