Have you recently gotten a divorce and no longer want to go by your ex-spouse’s last name? Sometimes keeping your married last name does not make sense for you and your family, or it may be a painful reminder. The process of having your maiden name back is more involved than changing your last name upon marriage.
Reverting Back to Your Maiden Name
Once you decide to revert back to your old last name, you must contact the Clerk in the county in which your divorce was finalized. This contact will include providing your case number, your current name, and the notice of entry of judgment signed by the judge.
The next step is to complete an Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order.
Once the court approves your request, you will go to your local Social Security Office, and then to the DMV.
Changing Your Child(ren)’s Last Name
The traditional route is for the child(ren) who come from a divorced couple to keep their father’s last name.
Under current laws and trends, a court may order a child’s name to be changed to the mother’s maiden name when it is clear that doing so is in the best interest of the child. The court will observe several different factors when making this decision, such as the age of the child(ren) and benefits of changing names.
Changing Your First Name
If you are looking to change your first name- in addition to, or instead of your last name – you must file a petition with the court to request its permission. Some people opt to change their first and last name as a protective measure.
The process begins when you complete and file all required forms. Once the documents are filed, the court will set a date for a name change hearing.
If you are thinking of changing your name, please give us a call today for a consultation.