Updated: Apr 6, 2021
To change your legal name in Ohio you must,
File a legal name change petition with your county's probate court
State that you have been a resident of the county for 1 year
Attach a certified copy of your birth certificate
A hearing will be set with a probate judge
Then, you have 30 days to post notice of your name change in a county-wide newspaper
The judge will determine whether or not to grant a name change. The hearing should not require a lawyer. If the judge does not grant the name change order, you may want to consult a lawyer -- find more information on lawyers at Legal Aid.
If the judge grants your name change, you will be presented with a certified and signed order. Keep this safe as you will need it to obtain new or change legal documents.
To find more specific information about the process in Stark County, check out Equitas Health.