Name Change

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Question: My husband and I separated after my daughter was born and we then got divorced. She has his last name and I would like to change it before she starts school. It has been almost 5 years since he has seen her. I never got an original copy of her birth certificate. Do I still need to file through the courts for a name change?

Answer: You will need to go to court to change her last name.  Detailed information on name change procedures for children can be found on the vital statistics website. www.azdhs.gov/licensing/vital-records/index.php#corrections-amendments-registrants-name.

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  • My husband and I separated after my daughter was born and we then got divorced. She has his last name and I would like to change it before she starts school. It has been almost 5 years since he has seen her. I never got an original copy of her birth certificate. Do I still need to file through the courts for a name change?

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