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What are the legal requirements for a name change?

Residency: Most states require residency in the county and state for a certain time prior to filing the action (often at least 6 months).

Legal grounds: A person cannot change their name to defraud any other person.

Jurisdiction: An action for name change must be filed in the proper court, which is usually in the petitioner's county of residence.