PRINTER'S NO. 1342
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY FARNESE, FONTANA, TARTAGLIONE, STACK, HUGHES AND FERLO, JULY 19, 2013
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, JULY 19, 2013
9§ 701. Court approval required for change of name.
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12(1) An individual must file a petition in the orphans'
13court division of the court of common pleas of the county in
14which the individual resides. If a petitioner is married, the
15petitioner's spouse may join as a party petitioner, in which
16event, upon compliance with the provisions of this
17subsection, the spouse shall also be entitled to the benefits
18of this subsection.
19(2) The petition must set forth all of the following:
1(i) The intention to change the petitioner's name.
2(ii) The reason for the name change.
3(iii) The current residence of petitioner.
13(ii) Except as provided in subparagraph (iii), by
14order, direct that notice be given of the filing of the
15petition and of the date set for the hearing on the
16petition and that the notice be treated as follows:
17(A) Published [in two newspapers of general
18circulation in the county where the petitioner
19resides or a county contiguous to that county. One of
20the publications may be in the official paper for the
21publication of legal notices in the county.] on the
22publicly accessible Internet website of the orphans'
23court division of the court of common pleas as
24provided by the petitioner to the clerk of the
25orphans' court along with any information required by
26general rule of court.
1person seeking the name change or his or her child or
2ward, the notice required shall be waived by order of the
3court. Upon granting the request to waive any notice
4requirement, the court shall seal the file. In all cases
5filed under this paragraph, whether or not the name
6change petition is granted, there shall be no public
7access to any court record of the name change petition,
8proceeding or order, unless the name change is granted
9but the file is not sealed. The records shall only be
10opened by order of the court in which the petition was
11granted based upon a showing of good cause or at the
13(4) At the hearing, the following apply:
22(B) An] an official search of the proper offices
23of the county where petitioner resides and of any
24other county where petitioner has resided within five
25years prior to filing the petition showing that there
26are no judgments, decrees of record or other similar
27matters against the petitioner. This [clause]
28subparagraph may be satisfied by a certificate given
29by a corporation authorized by law to make the search
30under this [clause] subparagraph.
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5Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.