Brazilians can now change their names under law eliminating need for court approval

The new rule allows changes for people over 18 years old without justification; in São Paulo, the service costs about R$166 (US$30).

Maria Gomes de Souza, 57, was born in the region of Cariri, in the interior of Ceará, and in her childhood, she didn't know her real name. Called Maria Vaneide since birth, the woman only found out that her so far second name did not belong to her when she started going to school.

When registering her, her father had forgotten to include Vaneide, which he himself had chosen. In addition, her father decided not to give her the family surname Freire.

Now living in Osasco, in Greater São Paulo, she never tried to include the nickname in . . .

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