Unless the restoral of a former name in a divorce case is requested, name changes are handled in civil court. When the petition for a name change is filed, a court hearing will be set, which will take place in about 6 weeks. A legal notice will have to be published in a local newspaper once a week for 4 weeks. Proof of the publication must be filed at the court before a name change is granted. It is very important that the publication is started right away to be sure that the court’s requirements have been met prior to the hearing. This is required for children and adults.