Oregon Adult Adoptions

Oregon adoption and name changes

Kathleen O'Brien

When a court grants a Judgment of Adoption, very often the Petitioners have also requested a change of name for the child. Under Oregon law, if a child is 14 or older, he or she must also consent to the name change. The change can be to a completely new name, and to any part of the name (first, middle, last name), or parents can add extra names (many people have two middle names, or hyphenated or compound first or last names). The change can also be to a name which is different from the parents’ last names (perhaps to match a sibling); it can be a simple spelling change.

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