File all your forms with at least 2 copies of each in the court in the county where your child lives.
Publish the Order to Show Cause in a newspaper of general circulation once per week for 4 weeks in a row. Ask your court for a list of newspapers. Not all newspapers are valid, and the fees they charge are different, so call around.
Serve the other parent of your child with a copy of the paperwork at least 30 days before the court date. Click here for more information on how to serve the other parent.
Go to your court date and take the proof of publication from the newspaper and the Proof of Service showing the other parent got a copy of the papers. You will also need the Decree Changing Name (Form NC-130) for the judge to sign.
If approved and once the court issues once you get your Decree Changing Name, get a certified copy from the court. You will need this to change your child's birth certificate, social security card, and other papers like passport.
Adobe Reader 6.0 or new is required to view and print the judicial forms that are in PDF format. Forms under the label fillable may be filled out electronically. There are also links for non fillable forms. You may also down load the PDF file to your computer’s desktop by right-clicking on the form number link and selecting the “Save Target As” of “Save link As.” Next, open the file with Abode Reader after the file completes downloading.