This is a guide for trans or gender non-conforming people who want to change their legal name and/or gender marker (the "M" or "F" on many government issued IDs that often reflects a person's sex assigned at birth).
This classroom is here to help you through the Maine Court's family law process. We hope that this will help you feel more confident about dealing with the legal system.
Is this classroom for you?
You may use this classroom if:
- You are married
- You have children, and
- You want to get a divorce
Caution! Repair and deduct can be a risky strategy - read our information about the Rights of Maine Renters in Unsafe or Unfit Housing before you try to use this form!
This guide will walk you through what to expect at a disclosure hearing, and what you will need to know to go in prepared.
There are many great guides to changing your name and/or gender marker on federal documents, and with federal government administrations. Since this process is controlled by the federal government, it will be the same, no matter which state you live in.
The processes for changing your name or your gender marker on your birth certificate are different, and they have different requirements. You can learn more about both processes below.
To change your name in Maine, you will have to file a "Change of Name" petition with the Probate Court in the county where you live.
All of these motions are handled a little bit differently – there isn’t a one-size-fits-all roadmap for these motions. The way the court process will go from here really depends on which motion you use, and which court you are in. In this section, we will explain the most general steps. If there is anything you are confused about, the Judge, Magistrate, or one of the Court Clerks should explain the next steps in your case, and what your options are.