Name Change

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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to back to your maiden name, you can usually do that in your divorce case.

We recommend you consider getting a court order if you are planning on changing your name.

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Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.

This section shows you how to ask for a court order changing your gender, both in cases where you also want to change your name or when you only want to change your gender.