Name Changes

Names Are A Big Deal

Something as simple as a name change can have a massive impact on a person. If your child is transgender, if you’ve gone through gender-affirming surgery or if you don’t have the same surname as your children, you know the weight of a name. The name change process matters, and I can help you.

At my firm, Pamela Fero Law, PLLC, I routinely help many people seeking to change their or their children’s legal names under Florida family law. While the process is largely administrative, a skilled attorney can guide you effectively and efficiently through the process. I have helped many clients update their names or their children’s names, despite the obstacles and challenges in the process.

Your Name And Your Identity

For transgender individuals, it is common for a person to take on a new name as they become open with their transition process. However, this new name often starts as “informal,” meaning that their old name continues to be on legal documents and identification such as:

  • Driver’s license
  • Tax forms
  • Birth certificates
  • Passports
  • Marriage licenses

Without pursuing a transgender name change, these individuals face a consistent message from society: Your identity does not matter. Your identity should matter, and you should get the name to make you more comfortable.

But it is not always adults who need assistance with name changes — I also help parents obtain legal name changes for their transgender children. In my opinion, it is critical that children are known by their preferred names and pronouns at school and in other settings.

Changing Your Child’s Last Name

Another common scenario is a parent seeking to change their child’s last name to match theirs. Sometimes the parent taking care of the child without assistance doesn’t have the same last name as their child. This can become an obstacle at school pickups and in many other areas. However, you don’t have to live with this problem, and I can help you fix it.

I’m Here To Help You

You deserve to go by the name that makes you happy and comfortable. I will work hard as your name change lawyer to help you pursue that goal with all the compassion and legal knowledge I possess. Contact my office at 954-228-6361 to get a free consultation on your issue.