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Changing Names in Ohio


The process of changing your or your child's legal name is straightforward:

  • As your attorney, I will apply for a hearing.
  • You must be a resident of the county for one year.
  • You must have a legitimate reason for changing your name.
  • You must pay a fee.  As an example, the fee for Cuyahoga County is $130.00.
  • I will cause publication of your intent to change your name.
  • We will attend the hearing together and tell the judge why you want this change, that you properly published your intention and that you paid your fee.

If this is a name change for a child, both parents must be notified and consent to the change.  There are provisions for situations where the father is unknown, refuses to respond or cannot be located.

(ORC 2717.01)