Name Change

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Question: My child was born in California, but now we live in Arizona. My wife and I are in agreement on changing her name. My question is that, can I go through the Arizona courts to change her name. Or do I have to file all the paperwork through California courts.

Answer: If you and your wife are currently Arizona residents, you should be able to change your child's name in Arizona.  a number of factors, including the age of your child, will determine whether you need to file for a court order or if you can change the name by affidavit.  Your best source of information is the Arizona Department of Health Services Vital Records Department.  You can go on their website and see detailed information on name changes or you can call the department to get the information you need.  In Maricopa County, call (602) 364-2428 to schedule an appointment.  In Coconino County, call (928) 679-7272; in Pima County, call (520) 724-7932.  Vital records can tell you what information, if any, you will need to get from California.  You may also visit the website for more information: https://azdhs.gov/licensing/vital-records/index.php#fees-home

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  • My child was born in California, but now we live in Arizona. My wife and I are in agreement on changing her name. My question is that, can I go through the Arizona courts to change her name. Or do I have to file all the paperwork through California courts.

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