2015 ORS 33.420¹
Notice of application and judgment
  • exceptions and waiver of notice requirement

(1) Before entering a judgment for a change of name, except as provided in ORS 109.360 (Change of adopted child's name), the court shall require public notice of the application to be given, that all persons may show cause why the same should not be granted. The court shall also require public notice to be given of the change after the entry of the judgment.

(2) Before entering a judgment for a change of name in the case of a minor child the court shall require that, in addition to the notice required under subsection (1) of this section, written notice be given to the parents of the child, both custodial and noncustodial, and to any legal guardian of the child.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section, notice of an application for the change of name of a minor child need not be given to a parent of the child if the other parent of the child files a verified statement in the change of name proceeding that asserts that the minor child has not resided with the other parent and that the other parent has not contributed or tried to contribute to the support of the child.

(4)(a) Upon the request of an applicant, the court shall waive the requirement of public notice of the application for or judgment for a change of name under subsection (1) of this section if the applicant is a certified adult program participant in the Address Confidentiality Program under ORS 192.826 (Application for participation in program), unless the court issues an order pursuant to a finding of good cause under ORS 192.848 (When Attorney General may disclose actual address or telephone number).

(b) If the court grants an applicant’s request to waive the public notice requirement under this subsection, the court shall seal the record of the case.

(c) If the court denies an applicant’s request to waive the public notice requirement under this subsection, the court shall seal the record of the case unless the court finds that the interest of the public in the case outweighs the safety concerns of the applicant.

(d) This subsection does not apply to an adult applicant appearing as a guardian ad litem for a minor child. [Amended by 1983 c.369 §6; 1997 c.872 §22; 2001 c.779 §12; 2003 c.576 §308; 2013 c.316 §1]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Entering new, judicially changed name of nominee on general elec­tion ballot, (1972) Vol 36, p 45; changing name in public records, (1977) Vol 38, p 945

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 33—Special Proceedings and Procedures, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors033.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 33, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano033.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.