Name Change

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

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

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

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

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.

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

Laws and regulations, practical information, recent case law.

How to navigate issues with public and social benefits systems.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

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

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.

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.