Archive for April, 2016

Legally Changing Your ‘Sex’ on a Georgia Birth Certificate

Posted on: April 17th, 2016

Despite its (rightly earned) conservative reputation, Georgia has a surprisingly liberal policy for changing sex designation on birth certificates and other vital records. According to section § 31-10-23(e) of the Official Georgia Code, a person’s sex designation can be amended on his or her birth certificate, “Upon receipt of a certified copy of a court order indicating the sex of an individual born in this state has been changed by surgical procedure.” The person applying for the name change in Georgia is required to submit a certified letter from their doctor or physician stating that the individual has undergone irreversible sexual reassignment surgery (SRS). If you have not undergone SRS, you are not eligible to change the sex category on your birth certificate.

Transgender sex change

However, applicants who have undergone SRS simply need to file a petition to amend your birth certificate with the Superior Court in their home county. The petition must include a Verification from the applicant swearing that all of the information in the petition is accurate, along with the aforementioned letter from a physician attesting to SRS.

Once the petition is filed, the judge may issue a Final Order granting the change in sex designation without the applicant having to appear in court. Some judges in Georgia, particularly those in more conservative counties of the state, might require an applicant to appear in court, which may add to the stress and cost of this process, but shouldn’t interfere with the end result.

Once a Final Order has been issued approving the change of one’s sex designation, you will need to take a certified copy of the Final Order, along with your driver’s license, to the Georgia Office of Vital Records, which will officially change the sex designation on your birth certificate.

NOTE: To amend the sex designation of a birth certificate in Georgia, the applicant must have been born in this state. Also note, a name change and a sex designation change are two separate actions, and require two separate court petitions to be filed.


Meet Our New Paralegal, Mia Shaw

Posted on: April 4th, 2016

Our Atlanta law firm hires only the most talented and competent individuals. We often get compliments on our attorneys and their superior legal work, but we also get compliments on our amazing support staff. Mia Shaw, our new paralegal, joined our staff several months ago. She helps us work with our clients and we wanted those of you who don’t know her yet to get a chance to meet her.

Meet Mia Shaw

Meet Mia Shaw

How long have you been at KNC?

Mia: I joined KNC in July 2015 as a contractor. It was a good fit and in November, I was invited to join the firm as a full-time employee.

What type of work have you done in the past?

Prior to joining the dynamic KNC staff, I worked as a paralegal throughout Atlanta, primarily dealing with Federal employment disputes.

Where are you from?

I am originally from Florence, South Carolina. Before I moved to Atlanta, I studied in Washington, D.C.

Tell us about your family.

I am the proud mother of a fabulous daughter and two awesome sons!

What is the best part about working at KNC?

The best part of working at KNC is the fact that every day is a new learning experience for me. I never leave the office without knowing something that I did not know when I arrived that morning.

What do you like most about the KNC clients?

Every interaction with a KNC client is a new adventure. Our clients are a diverse group of people with diverse legal needs and it is always exciting to be trusted with the important legal matters that will impact their lives for many years to come.

What do you like most about the KNC staff?

I like the atmosphere that the KNC staff fosters. I feel that I am in an amazingly supportive environment and that we are all working together for a common goal.

Thanks, Mia! We are so happy to have you on the Kitchens New Cleghorn staff. Welcome.