Getting your maiden name back may be something you want to do if you recently got divorced. Regretfully, you will not automatically be able to change your name; instead, you will need to go through the legal process once more.
To simplify matters, we advise you to get legal help as it can be overwhelming to file a court case again after a divorce. Additionally, you can read this post’s step-by-step instructions on changing your name after a divorce, but remember, each state may have a different procedure.
Step By Step Guide To Change Name After Divorce
Step1. Get the divorce decree
When you begin the name-changing process after divorce, you will need proof of your legal separation in the form of the divorce decree.
Furthermore, the certified copy of the divorce decree will be provided by the court, so ensure you collect it to make the name-changing process after your divorce easier.
Step2. Collect your identification documents and copies
Once you have obtained your divorce decree, you should get copies of your identification documents, such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, passport, etc., as proof of your identity.
Since these documents will be required during the name-changing process, it is best to get their copies before you start the documentation process for your name change.
Step3. Fill out your name change request form and submit the fee
When you get your divorce decree with you along with your identification documents, you can complete your name change request form by adding copies of these documents as requested.
Furthermore, you will submit a nominal fee ranging around $25 to complete your request form.
Step4. Publish your name change in the local newspaper
You will be asked to publish your name change in the local newspaper in some states. This will help people recognize you with your new name if they are looking to do business with you in the future.
Step5. Attend the court hearings
After the publication of the name change, your name change case will be taken further in court, and the judge will review your name change request and reason. You may also be asked some questions related to your case, so make sure to attend the hearings to answer them in a timely manner.
Step7. Wait for the judge’s approval
At last, the judge will decide on your name change. You have to wait for the approval of the judge for a few weeks or months, and then you will receive an order for your name change. This order will include an official petition document for your name change.
Step6. Update your SSC and other identification documents
Now that your name is officially changed, you should visit the local Social Security Administration to update your social security card. You can physically go to the SSA office or send mail for your name change along with a copy of your official petition document.
Also, make sure you update your other important documents after your SSC gets updated. These documents will include your passport, driver’s license, etc.