Can I request a name change for a child because they are going through a gender transition?

Yes. Although this case did not involve a child, in in re Cortez, 247 Ariz. 534 (App. 2019), the Arizona Court of Appeals recently held a Court could not reject a name change simply because it is requested for a gender transition. Further, the Court pointed to a Virginia case that held a gender transition is a valid basis for requesting a name change. 

Like any other name change for a child, the issue will turn on whether the proposed name change is in the child’s best interests.  

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