Change of Name

Name changes in New Mexico are governed by the New Mexico Statutes Annotated, 40-8-1 et. seq. According to this legislation, any person who is a resident of New Mexico can petition the District Court for a change of name.

The process for obtaining a name change in New Mexico begins by filing a petition with the District Court in the county where the petitioner resides. The petition must include the petitioner’s current name and the proposed new name, as well as a statement explaining the reason for the requested name change.

Once the petition has been filed, the Court will set a hearing date and issue an order requiring the petitioner to publish notice of the name change in a local newspaper. This requirement is intended to give any interested parties, such as creditors or family members, the opportunity to object to the name change.

If no objections are received, or if any objections that are received are resolved to the satisfaction of the Court, the Court will grant the petition and issue an order changing the petitioner’s name.

There are some limitations on name changes in New Mexico. For example, the Court will not grant a petition for a name change if the purpose is to avoid debts or legal obligations, or if the new name is intended to defraud or mislead anyone. Additionally, the Court may refuse to grant a name change if the new name is deemed obscene or offensive.

It is important to note that a name change in New Mexico does not automatically update a person’s identification documents, such as their driver’s license or passport. The petitioner will need to take additional steps to have these documents changed to reflect their new name.

If you are considering a name change in New Mexico and would like legal assistance with the process, you may wish to contact the law firm of Justice Legal Group. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Justice Legal Group can be reached at (505) 407-0573. The attorneys at Justice Legal Group have experience with name change cases and can provide you with the legal guidance you need to successfully petition the Court for a name change.

Overall, the process for obtaining a name change in New Mexico is straightforward, but it is important to follow the proper procedures and meet all of the necessary requirements. With the help of an experienced attorney, you can navigate the legal process and successfully change your name.