SCLSPRLJ 1. NAME CHANGES Requirements. An applicant who applies to the court for a change of name pursuant to statute must meet the following requirements: (a) Birth Certificate. A certified copy of any minor applicant’s birth certificate or suitable identification shall be presented to the clerk for verification and copying. (b) Minors: Parental Consent. All applicants under eighteen (18) years of age shall be represented by a parent or legal guardian, and both biological or legal parents or guardian must approve the change of name either by personal appearance or by verified affidavit. In the absence of consent from one of the biological or legal parents, the court may grant the petition if such action would be in the best interests of the child and the non-consenting parent has received notice of the hearing on the petition. [Effective September 1, 2003]
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