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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.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
We recommend you consider getting a court order if you are planning on changing your name.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
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.