Here are important cases addressing the issue of change of name.
Gomes v. Candido, 99 Mass. App. Ct. 825 (2021)
When deciding whether to approve a change to a child’s name, the standard should be whether the change is in the best interests of the child, not whether it will cause the child harm.
Merolevitz, Petitioner, 320 Mass. 448 (1946)
“It is well settled that at common law a person may change his name at will, without resort to legal proceedings, by merely adopting another name, provided that this is done for an honest purpose.”
Petition of Two Minors for Change of Name, 65 Mass. App. Ct. 850 (2006)
Case provides a clear summary of the reasoning for allowing or denying a change of name of children in a divorce situation.
Secretary of the Commonwealth v. City Clerk of Lowell, 373 Mass. 178 (1977)
Case deals with choice of name primarily for out of wedlock children, but also affirms the right of a woman to change her name by common law.
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