I had no idea that this type of request would stand a chance in a U.S. court but apparently it does (in Florida). I know for certain that here in the Netherlands the law does not mention this as a reason to apply for a change of family name. And I am certain that most European countries follow the same line.
But assuming that such a request is granted, could there be legal consequences?
If you have to sign a contract, what signature do you use?
How do you identify yourself?
If you happen to be an unmarried woman and you deliver a baby, what is the baby's surname?
Is the name change reflected in government records?
Are you responsible for your previous identity (IRS, fines, legal actions etc.)?
Are you entitled to a passport?
There must be many more questions. In any case, from a genealogical point of view I am against :)
At the same time allowing these changes creates certain possibilities. Not for everyone but still.
If Obama would be selling hangouts...
The 'Sugarpova' article as published in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad on Aug. 20, 2013.