Florida Transgender Name Change

Transgender residents of Florida, just like all other residents, have the right to petition the court for change of a legal name.  As in every name change case, whether the petition will be granted is determined by the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Whether the petitioner has an ulterior or illegal motive in seeking the name change (such as attempting to avoid criminal prosecution, attempting to avoid a debt, or attempting to assume the identity of someone else).  Though there is not much case law on the matter, changing a name to reflect a transgender identity should not be considered an ulterior motive.

  • Whether the petitioner’s civil rights have been suspended (for example, by being convicted of a felony).  This is not a bar to a name change so long as the petitioner’s civil rights have been restored.  Keep in my that procedures to restore civil rights differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and depends on where you were convicted of the felony.  In some states, civil rights are restored automatically upon completion of a probation period; in Florida, a person has to apply to have his or her civil rights restored, and the restoration process can take years to complete.
  • Whether granting the name change will invade the property rights of others.  For example, a petition to change a legal name to “Coca-Cola Jones” would probably be denied because this could infringe on the intellectual property rights of Coca-Cola, Inc.

If you have questions regarding a Tampa Bay name change or other family law rights, schedule a consultation with a Tampa Bay Family Law Attorney at (813) 443-0615 or by filling out our contact form.

About Adam B. Cordover, Attorney-at-Law

Adam B. Cordover is a collaborative family law attorney and managing shareholder of The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A. To learn more about The Law Firm of Adam B. Cordover, P.A. or to schedule a consultation, call us at 813.443.0615 or visit us online at www.abcfamilylaw.com. Attorney Adam B. Cordover is admitted to the Florida Bar and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida. His office is located at 412 East Madison Street, Suite 824, Tampa, Florida 33602.
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2 Responses to Florida Transgender Name Change

  1. sonya says:

    so if a man and woman live together for so long there is not a such thing as a common law marriage in lake city Florida now?

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