Are you in the process of getting divorced? If so, you may be curious about
how to change your last name back to your maiden name.
In most cases, this change is easily accomplished. As long as it is included
in your divorce decree, the judge will make a formal order to restore
your birth name. You will need several copies of this order to change
your name back legally on documents such as driver's license and insurance
cards. If for some reason your divorce decree does not include a request
to change your name, you will need to fill out certain forms in order
to accomplish this. In the state of California, for example, this form
is called Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry
of Judgment of Order (FL-395).
Most states require proof of your former name, such as from a birth certificate
or passport. With this in hand, you should be able to resume your former
name without much trouble.
Going through a
divorce? Have questions on your mind? Get advice and answers when you contact
Claery & Green to discuss your situation with one of our experienced
family law attorneys.