A select summary of case law from Maryland courts.
To change the name of a child or minor a petition for name change needs to be filed in Maryland circuit court in the county where the child is a resident.
A person can change his or her name for any reason. The only condition for a name change is that the name change must not be for any illegal or fraudulent purpose and the new name must not interfere with the rights of others.
As part of a divorce, a party can ask the court for an order to resume using his or her prior name.
Any person may file an objection to a petition to change the name of another person.
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