Legal Question in Family Law in New York

My stepmother adopted me a few years years ago, and her name replaced my long-deceased birthmother's name on my birth certificate. Since 2 years ago she separated from my father and the two are now in a divorce process. Do I have to wait until they are legally divorced to restore my birthmother's name on my certificate? Or, can I enlist the services of a lawyer and have it done as soon as possible?

Asked on 8/08/12, 12:22 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Paula McGill Paula McGill Attorney at Law

How old are you?

If you are at least 21, you can change your name anytime you want. You don't need a lawyer to do it.

If you are under 21, the name change may be part of the divorce decree to save everyone time and money. Talk with your parents.

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Answered on 8/12/12, 12:04 am

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