The court must grant the name change if the Petitioner can show the court that he
or she has not had a final felony conviction, is not required to register as a sex offender
and that the change is in the interest or to the benefit of the Petitioner and in the
interest of the public. Usually only sworn testimony of the Petitioner in open court
is required for the court to make these findings. The Petitioner must also testify that the
name change is not being requested for the purpose of evading creditors or liability.