Adult Name Change in CO (forms), & Change Child's Last Name
Adult Name Change (non-felon)
Click here to assembly the documents to request a name change (non-felon) from the court, and access additional instructions to request an adult name change. Note: These forms are not for newly-married people changing their last name to their spouse's last name. Please see your county clerk for instructions on changing your name in that situation.
Additional Instructions and Forms: www.courts.state.co.us
Request Change of Child's Last Name
If I have custody of my child, can I file for a change of name?
If you already have custody, it is relatively easy to file for a change of name without an attorney.
What if I do not have custody of my child?
If you do not have a custody order from a court giving you legal custody of the child, you may want to consider filing for custody. The court in the custody action has the power, as part of that case, to decide whether to order that the child's name be changed. Click here to find information about filing for custody in Colorado.
How do I get my child's name changed if I do have custody?
If you already have custody, follow these steps:
- Fill out the Petition completely (click here to find instructions and forms - click the + next to "Child Name Changes", and click + next to "What forms do I need...", click on JDF 421). You will file in the county where the child lives.
- You must either have the permission of the child's other parent, or the other parent must have died, or you must give notice to the other parent.
If the other parent agrees to change the child's name, fill out the Consent form (click here, click the + next to "Child Name Changes", and click + next to "What forms do I need...", then click on JDF 423) and have him or her sign it in front of a notary or clerk of court.
- If the other parent has died, get a copy of the death certificate.
If the other parent has not died and for any reason you cannot have him or her sign the Consent, you need to fill out the Notice to Non-Custodial Parent (click here, click the + next to Child Name Changes, and click + next to "What forms do I need...", then click JDF 422). Mail this Notice to the other parent by certified mail at least ten days before the hearing, and keep the certified mail documentation.
Fill out the top part of the Order and the Public Notice (click here, click the + next to Child Name Changes, and click + next to "What forms do I need...", then click on JDF 424 and 426)
- Bring the completed forms to the Clerk of the Court of the County Court in the county where the child lives. You must either pay a filing fee or get the court's approval to waive the fee.
- When you file the papers, ask the clerk to schedule a date for a hearing. If you are giving notice to the other parent, the hearing must be at least ten days in the future.
- Go to court at the date and time set for the hearing. If the other parent does not object, the court will grant your request. If the other parent does object, the court will hold a hearing and decide whether to grant your request. You may have to testify as to why it would be best for the child to change his or her name despite the other parent's objection.
- If the court grants your request, the PUBLIC NOTICE (click here to review forms to request a name change) must be published in a local newspaper for three weeks after the hearing. The clerk can tell you how to get this done and how much it costs.
Please Note: For more information about Name Change rules & laws in Colorado, case filing, form and fee requirements, common legal terms & frequently asked questions, go to the Colorado State Court website by clicking here.
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