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Name Change Paperwork returned without Court Date etc?

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Sabrina Rei:
Hi all,

I need the benefit of your experience urgently. I’m in absolute panic mode.

I’ve filed my name change paperwork in the State of New Jersey in the US including a form called “Order Fixing Date of Hearing.” Today I received a self addressed stamp envelope containing copies of the forms with the docket number added but in the “DO NOT WRITE BELOW THIS LINE COURT WILL COMPLETE” area there’s no new information. no court date, no indication of what news paper I should inform. That section is still blank.

Is this normal? it seems like they messed up because I have no idea what the next step is.

HELP! 

Devlyn:
In Massachusetts they're done administratively, I got my court order in the mail without ever being notified of anything.

itsApril:

--- Quote from: Devlyn on May 15, 2019, 07:39:11 pm ---In Massachusetts they're done administratively, I got my court order in the mail without ever being notified of anything.

--- End quote ---

Ditto for California.  Due to legislative advances here in the past several years, routine name and gender marker changes no longer require court hearings.  You have the right to request a hearing if you want one for some reason.  But most are handled administratively by the court's business office, and you just get the final order in the mail.  It's a bureaucratic process, of course, so it often takes a few weeks.

Perhaps New Jersey has done something similar.  If you're not sure what's going on, call the clerk (name and contact is usually on the paperwork) or the court's business office and ask if a hearing is required.

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