In order to legally change your name, you must fill out a Notice of Petition for Change of Name and file it with the Monroe County Clerk of Court. The clerk will process the form, stamp it with a filing date, and return it to you.
You will then need to take this petition and file a notice of intent to change your name with the local newspaper. This notice must be published in the newspaper once a week for three weeks, with the last publication at least 30 days before the hearing.
The petition will then be set for hearing. A judge, after verifying that you are eligible for a name change, will enter the order to officially change your name.
The next steps are contacting the Social Security Administration, updating any government-issued IDs, and contacting your health care providers, financial institutions, and Indiana University regarding your name change.