Name Changes

Name Change of Adult

Requirements
You may apply for a name change only if you have been a Belmont County resident for the past 60 days.

The Process
The appropriate forms must be prepared by the applicant or an attorney, and submitted to the Court for filing, along with the filing fee. Once the documents have been approved for filing by the Court, the Court will review the filing for approval. Copies of the Judgment Entry will be mailed to the applicant after approval.  

The Court reserves the right to require additional documentation be submitted to support the applicant’s name change, require a criminal background check, or hold a formal hearing on the application.

Conforming a Legal Name of an Adult

Requirements
An application to conform a legal name is a special proceeding separate from a name change. It is solely to correct misspellings, inconsistencies or errors on one or more official identity documents evidencing a person’s current legal name.

You may apply to conform a legal name only if you have been a Belmont County Resident for the past 60 days.

The Process
The appropriate forms must be prepared by the applicant or an attorney, and submitted to the Court for filing, along with the filing fee. Once the documents have been approved for filing by the Court, the Court will review the filing for approval. Copies of the Judgment Entry will be mailed to the applicant.  

The Court reserves the right to require additional documentation be submitted to support the application to conform a legal name, require a criminal background check, or hold a formal hearing on the application.

Name Change of a Minor

Requirements
You may apply for a name change only if the minor has been a Belmont County resident for the past 60 days.

The Process
The appropriate forms must be prepared by the applicant or attorney, and submitted to the Court for filing, along with the filing fee. Once the documents have been approved for filing by the Court, the Court will do one of the following:

  • If both natural parents’ consents are provided, the Court may dispense with a hearing and make a ruling on the application. Copies of the Judgment Entry will be mailed to the applicant upon approval.
  • If both natural parents’ consents are not provided, the Court will set the application for a formal in-person hearing. The applicant will be required to appear. The non-consenting parent will be served with notice of the hearing. 

All hearings are set approximately 6 weeks from the date of filing. The Court will issue a Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice, directing how service on the non-consenting parent will be performed. 

  • If the non-consenting parent is to be served by certified mail or by publication, the Court will issue service.
  • If a parent or alleged father’s whereabouts are unknown, the Court will publish notice of the hearing, at the applicant’s expense, to the parent or alleged father who has not consented in a newspaper of general circulation in Belmont County, one time at least 30 days before the hearing.

The Court reserves the right to require additional documentation be submitted to support the name change, require a criminal background check, or hold a formal hearing on the application.

Conforming a Legal Name of a Minor

Requirements
An application to conform a legal name is a special proceeding separate from a name change. It is solely to correct misspellings, inconsistencies or errors on one or more official identity documents evidencing a person’s current legal name.

You may apply for a name conformity only if the minor has been a Belmont County resident for the past 60 days.

The Process
The appropriate forms must be prepared by the applicant or attorney, and submitted to the Court for filing, along with the filing fee. Once the documents have been approved for filing by the Court, the Court will do one of the following:

  • If both natural parents’ consents are provided, the Court may dispense with a hearing and make a ruling on the application. Copies of the Judgment Entry will be mailed to the applicant upon approval.
  • If both natural parents’ consents are not provided, the Court will set the application for a formal in-person hearing. The applicant will be required to appear. The non-consenting parent will be served with notice of the hearing. 

All hearings are set approximately 6 weeks from the date of filing. The Court will issue a Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice, directing how service on the non-consenting parent will be performed. 

  • If the non-consenting parent is to be served by certified mail or by publication, the Court will issue service.
  • If a parent or alleged father’s whereabouts are unknown, the Court will publish notice of the hearing, at the applicant’s expense, to the parent or alleged father who has not consented in a newspaper of general circulation in Belmont County, one time at least 30 days before the hearing.

The Court reserves the right to require additional documentation be submitted to support the name conformity, require a criminal background check, or hold a formal hearing on the application.