Basically I'm looking to change the name of my eldest child. I am her father listed on her birth certificate and my wife (my daughter's mother) agrees that her name needs to be changed. I've gone to http://www.namechangelaw.com
to look up the law in SC and it states:
CHAPTER 49. CHANGE OF NAME
SECTION 15-49-10. Application for change of name.
(A) A person who desires to change his name may petition, in writing, a family court judge in the appropriate circuit, setting forth the reason for the change, his age, his place of residence and birth, and the name by which he desires to be known.
(B) A parent who desires to change the name of his minor child may petition, in writing, a family court judge in the appropriate circuit. The other parent, if there is not one then the child, must be named as a party in the action unless waived by the court. The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the child. The court shall grant the petition if it finds that it is in the best interest of the child.
SECTION 15-49-20. Court shall exercise discretion.
Upon such petition and the reason therein contained, the judge shall determine and grant or refuse the prayer thereof, as to him shall appear proper, having a due regard to the true interest of the petitioner.
I have wrote a letter on behalf of myself and my wife to petition our county family court for the name change, explaining the reasons and giving them the info on my daughter. Then a few weeks later they send me a letter back saying I need to consult an attorney.
I think this is bullshit, why can't they just help me out by giving me more information if I'm doing it wrong. I can't afford to pay an attorney $1,500+ to do something that should be as simple as changing the last name of my own child.
Can anyone that is familiar with name changes of a minor give me some guidance? Thanks.