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Title 16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters

Chapter 25 Change of Name

16-2501. Application; persons who may file.

Whoever, being a resident of the District and desiring a change of name, may file an application in the Superior Court setting forth the reasons therefor and also the name desired to be assumed. If the applicant is an infant, the application shall be filed by his parent, guardian, or next friend. (Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 595, Pub. L. 88-241, 1; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 560, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, 145(i); 1973 Ed., 16-2501.) D.C. Code Ann. 16-2501 (1999)

16-2502. Notice; contents.

Prior to a hearing pursuant to this chapter, notice of the filing of the application, containing the substance and prayer thereof, shall be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper in general circulation published in the District. (Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 595, Pub. L. 88-241, 1; 1973 Ed., 16-2502.) D.C. Code Ann. 16-2502 (1999)

16-2503. Decree.

On proof of the notice prescribed by section 16-2502, and upon a showing that the court deems satisfactory, the court may change the name of the applicant according to the prayer of the application. (Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 595, Pub. L. 88-241, 1; 1973 Ed., 16-2503.) D.C. Code Ann. 16-2503 (1999)