All notices of name change hearings must be published in a local newspaper. This gives people your name change may affect a chance to object to it. You can complete the Publication of Notice of Hearing Form for your name change by using our Do-It-Yourself Name Change.
Some courts work with the local Legal News for publication. These courts will send a copy of the Publication of Notice of Hearing form to the Legal News when you file the form. The Legal News will bill you for $80.25. After you pay the fee, the Legal News will mail you the original Affidavit of Publication for you to file with the court.
Other courts require you to contact a local newspaper to have it publish your notice. You may need to ask the newspaper to publish your notice right away. The prices will vary depending on the newspaper.
After the local newspaper publishes your name change notice, submit a copy of the published notice and Affidavit of Publication to the court. The newspaper must complete the Affidavit of Publication, not you. The Affidavit of Publication must list the qualifications of newspaper and the dates the notice was published.
Most newspapers have an affidavit form they use. If the newspaper you use does not, you can send it this Affidavit of Publication Form.
The notice must be published before your name change hearing. Depending on the county you live in, the notice needs to be published between two and eight weeks before the hearing. Some courts require you to check with them three days before your hearing to make sure they got the publication information. You can contact your local circuit court to find out its publication requirements. Use the Court Information section of Michigan Legal Help to get contact information for your local circuit court.
If you have a good reason not to publish the notice, you can ask the judge to keep the record of the proceedings confidential. The judge will only do this if publishing the notice would put you in physical danger. If the judge orders the case be kept confidential, you don’t have to publish anything about your name change.