CPS can prepare all the documents you need in order to successfully change your name. Below are the requirements needed prior to filing the petition:

  • You must live in Cook County for at least 6 months; otherwise you must apply in the County you live in.

  • You must have no convictions or any felonies, otherwise you must wait 10 years to change your name. Sex Offenders can not change their name.
Does a legal name change have to be filed when taking a spouse’s name or resuming use of a maiden name following a divorce?

    In case of marriage, no. A copy of your marriage license will suffice. In the case of a divorce, usually the use of a woman’s maiden name is granted in the
    divorce decree. If so, a certified copy of the divorce decree is the only documentation needed.

    If not, the party in question has two years to amend the divorce decree. After two years, the party in question must go through the name change procedure.

Why does a name change have to be published?

    Publishing a name change is intended to combat petitioners looking to avoid creditors or acting under other fraudulent motives.

How much does a name change cost?

    The filing fee changes every few years, so call us for the updated information. There is also the cost for the "publication", which varies depending on the
    newspaper you choose to use.
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