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LGBTQ+ Name Changes

FILE PHOTO: LGBT activists and supporters block the street outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments in a major LGBT rights case on whether a federal anti-discrimination law that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sex covers gay and transgender employees in Washington, U.S. October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/File PhotoHooray, you’re married! Now what? One of the most frequent questions a couple is asked after they get married is what will the last name be? Are you combining last names to create a new one? Will one partner take on the other’s last name? The decision may be quickly, but the process can take about three months.

For transgender individuals, a new name can mean a new life. Pennsylvania and New Jersey have cumbersome name change processes. Transgender individuals seeking legal name changes for reasons other than (heterosexual) marriage, divorce or adoption must file a petition with the Court for the county in which they reside. Transgender individuals must also submit to criminal background checks and provide proof they are free from civil judgments. Additionally, transgender individuals must publish notice of the petition in two local newspapers of general circulation. These requirements create significant barriers to navigate, but Giampolo Law Group will carry this burden so you can focus on moving forward and living your most authentic life.

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