After the hearing has been scheduled, the petitioner must cause the proper notice to be published or served.
Petitioners must have the notice published in a newspaper that is published in Cook County. While the court does not require or prefer any particular publication, petitioners should be aware that The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is a newspaper that regularly publishes legal notices and maintains an office in Room 802 of the Richard J. Daley Center.
If a petitioner is required to personally notify anyone, such as an absent or nonconsenting parent, he or she must make arrangements to serve such notice. If the person to be notified is a resident of Illinois, notice must be served by a deputy sheriff or a special process server appointed by the court. If the person resides outside Illinois, the petitioner must comply with 735 ILCS5/21-104. The notice must contain a copy of the petition, the date, time, courthouse address (Richard J. Daley Center is located at 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois), and courtroom number. The notice must also advise the individual that he or she has a right to appear and be heard at that date and time.
If the absent parent resides outside the State of Illinois, persons contemplating initiating a change of name proceeding must consult 735 ILCS 5/21-104 for the manner that notice of the hearing can be served.
Other requirements are as follows:
CASES NOT INVOLVING MINOR CHILDREN
Notice of the hearing on a Petition for Change of Name must be published for three (3) consecutive weeks commencing not less than six (6) weeks before the date of hearing in a newspaper published in Cook County, Illinois.
CASES INVOLVING MINOR CHILDREN
If both parents, or the sole surviving parent, sign the Petition for Change of Name, there is no requirement that notice be given to any other person or the general public by publication. Such cases may be heard on the date of filing, if the assigned judge’s schedule permits.
If only one parent, guardian, or authorized person signs the Petition for Change of Name, reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard must be given to all absent parents whose parental rights have not been terminated. The Change of Name statute does not specify the manner or form in which this required notice is to be given. Current practice allows sending notice by regular mail to the last known address in Illinois of the absent parent or parents. The petitioner must establish proof of mailing. A suggested format for such notice will shortly be available from the Clerk of Court. Warning: This practice has never been the subject of a court challenge.