Change of Name
An adult desiring to change his or her name may file an application in the probate court of the county in which the applicant has been a bona fide resident for at least one year immediately preceding the filing of the application. Notice of the application and hearing must be given by one publication in the newspaper at least 30 days prior to the hearing at which the court will consider the application. The court may grant the application if there is reasonable and proper cause for changing the name.
An application to change the name of the minor may be filed by either parent of the minor, the child's legal guardian or the child's guardian ad litem. Notice of the application must be given by one publication in the newspaper at least 30 days prior to the court hearing, and also by certified mail to any parent who has not filed with the court a written consent to the change of name. The court may grant the application for the change of name of a minor if the court finds that there is reasonable and proper cause for the name change and that the change is in the best interests of the child.