Can I go back to my maiden name before divorce?
A common query asked of family lawyers is whether a client must wait until they are divorced before they can revert to using their maiden name. The legal position is that a party who has separated but is not yet divorced can revert to using their maiden name before the divorce is finalised.
Can I start using my maiden name again?
Brette’s Answer: You can use your maiden name at any time you want. To change it on legal documents such as a driver’s license, Social Security card, or passports though you need a court order, which usually happens in your divorce decree. What name you use has no impact on bills or settlement.
How do I revert back to my maiden name?
The good news is that if you are simply reverting to your maiden name after a divorce, then many institutions will accept a copy of your birth certificate, marriage certificate, decree absolute and a signed declaration that you are reverting your maiden name for all purposes.
Do I need to change my name after divorce?
There is no need to formally register your name change if you are reverting to the name on your birth certificate (your maiden name). You are always legally entitled to use the name on your birth certificate, whether you are married, separated or divorced.
How do you change your name when you get divorced?
You simply need to take with you a copy of the Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate and, if applicable, the Divorce Order to the relevant institutions and inform them that you are reverting to your maiden name.
Can I change back to my maiden name without a divorce South Africa?
Without a registered marriage or divorce on the DHA’s system, or the correct documentation (e.g. a divorce decree), it is very difficult to change anything documentation relating to your name. Usually, the DHA BI-196 Application Form for “Authority to assume another surname” is submitted.
How much does it cost to change your name?
In general, anyone can legally change their name for any reason except to commit fraud or evade the law. To make it official, you’ll need a court order legally changing your name. The procedure for getting that order depends on the state and county where you live—and the cost will range from $150 to $436.