Child change gender and name both parents
In California, you can ask the court to recognize your child's gender change and change their legal name.
If you and the other parent agree, you can ask the court together. You file a petition, wait the required time, and then get an order recognizing your child’s gender change and changing their name. The process generally takes up to 3 months.
Choose any part of the process below to get step-by-step instructions.
1. Fill out forms
First, you fill out court forms called a petition. Both parents sign the petition.
2. File the forms and pay a fee
Then, you file your forms and pay a fee. If you can't afford the fee, you can ask for a fee waiver.
3. Get a decree
If the judge approves your request, you'll get a signed order. You can use this to change your child’s legal documents, like their birth certificate and passport.