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    Post Adding a Second Middle Name for a Child

    My question involves name change laws in the State of: South Carolina

    My husband and I would like to add a second middle name to our four-year-old daughter's name. It's my husband's mother's maiden name - i.e., my daughter's grandmother's maiden name. Since my husband and I are also my daughter's parents and we both agree to add this second middle name, what process do we follow for having this legally done? Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: Adding a Second Middle Name for My 4-Yr-Old

    You need to file in court for it to happen. The judge may not feel it necessary, just because both of you do.

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    Default Re: Adding a Second Middle Name for a Child

    Check with the court in which you will be filing your petition. Many courts have packages of forms with instructions for such proceedings as a name change. I didn't see any official court forms online.

    When reviewing a name change petition for a minor the courts perform a best interest analysis, set forth in Mazzone v. Miles, 532 SE 2d 890 (2000). I would not normally expect a problem convincing a court to authorize a name change where both parents agree. (Exceptions could arise, picking an extreme example of a poor name choice.)

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