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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:James Mayol filed an application to change his name back to his birth name: Barnabas Akech Malou. Mayol stated that he was a Sudanese refugee and that his name had been changed in the refugee camp prior to his arrival in the United States, where he received a Social Security card and a state identification card. He wanted to change his name back to Barnabas, which is the name he used in school in Sudan, because he wanted to continue his schooling in the United States, and he wanted his name to match his birth certificate and past educational records. After an initial hearing, in which he was directed to bring documentary evidence that he was James Mayol, Mayol included his identification card, his Social Security Card, and an INS card, all in the name of James Mayol. Mayol’s date of entry was partially obscured, but listed at least May 22, 19??. He also included a Sudanese birth certificate in the name of Barnabas Akech Malou, born on Jan. 1, 1979, the same date listed on Mayol’s identification card and INS form. Mayol also included two certificates from the refugee camp, one from March 12, 1999, stating that Mayol was a nurse aide, and one from Dec. 8, 2000, that said he was a pharmacy assistant. The trial court denied Mayol’s request for a name change because he could not prove that he was James Mayol. HOLDING:Affirmed. According to Family Code �45.102, a petition to change an adult’s name must include: “1. the present name and place of residence of the petitioner; 2. the full name requested by the petitioner; 3. the reason the change in name is requested; and 4. a statement whether the petitioner has been the subject of a final felony conviction.” Further, under Family Code �45.103, a trial court may allow a name change “if the change is in the interest or to the benefit of the petitioner and in the interest of the public.” “Petitioner presented no evidence from which it could be determined that he was, in fact, the person named in the birth certificate he provided to the court; and there is some evidence on the face of the record that the person named James Mayol, admitted into the United States on May 22, 19??,with INS Department Number 32627490609, is not the same person as the Barnabas Akech Malou who was certified as a pharmacy assistant in Kakuma Refugee Camp on Dec. 8, 2000, a certification date after Mayol’s entry into the United States. Therefore, the court did not act arbitrarily or unreasonably in holding that appellant failed to establish that the name change was in the interest of appellant and of the public, as required by section 45.103.” OPINION:Keyes, J.; Taft, Keyes and Bland, JJ.

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