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Any person may file an objection to a petition to change the name of another person. Typically, the only time there is an objection to a name change is when one parent files to change the name of a child against the wishes of the other parent. If there is an objection in a case like this, the court decides what is in the best interest of the child. Read the law: MD Rule 15-901(f)
An objection is a statement that says you are against the petition for change of name filed by the petitioner. You should have a valid reason for being against the name change and be able to describe it in a sworn written statement called an affidavit. You must file with the court a written objection and supporting affidavit that states the reasons for the objection. You also need to be able to express this reason in court if the other side asks for a hearing.
The notice of the name change action will give the deadline for filing an objection. The objection needs to be filed within the time stated in the notice.
In your affidavit, you must show that you have personal knowledge that the petitioner is seeking the change of name for an illegal or fraudulent purpose. You must describe what you observed or how you have knowledge of this, and you must be able to testify to it before the court.
Next, you must serve your objection and affidavit on the petitioner in accordance with MD Rule 1-321. The petitioner may file a response to your objection within 15 days after being served with the objection and affidavit. Read the Rule: MD Rule 1-321
If you want a hearing, you must make the request in your objection to the petition for a name change. If you are the person trying to change your name, you must request a hearing in your response to the objection.
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