Can A Transgender Child Legally Change Their Name If They're Under Age?
Posted on 6th April 2020
Coming out as transgender is both incredibly brave and liberating. A freeing experience, which allows you to live the life you were meant to, as the true you. If you are over the age of 18 then legally you are an adult and therefore free to make decisions, and to instruct solicitors to assist with legally changing your name yourself.
However, what happens when you are under the age of 18?
Unfortunately, when you are under 18 years old you are still legally classed as a minor and are therefore unable to instruct solicitors yourself.
This however doesn’t mean that you will have to wait until you are 18 to legally change your name.
At MG Legal, Your Lancaster Family Solicitors, we are happy to advise that we are able to assist you in legally changing your name with the permission of your parent or legal guardian.
Our file will be opened in the name of the instructing party, this being the parent, or legal guardian, they will be the ones that sign the Change of Name Deed on your behalf, they will of course need the permission of your other parent, or anyone that has parental responsibility.
From the second your Change of Name Deed is signed, dated and correctly witnessed, you will be able to legally start using your chosen name. As your Family Solicitors, we will provide you with copies of the deed for you to supply to your school, doctors, and banks. This is included in our fee, a note of which can be found here.
If you would like further information about instructing us to assist with a change of name for a minor then complete our enquiry form and one of our Family Team members will be in touch with further details. Please note you must be over 18 to request a call back from us.
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