Name Change After Divorce
Once a divorce takes place, you may find yourself not wanting to keep your current last name. To do change your last name, you will need a copy of your Divorce Decree, proof of age and a photo ID. On your Divorce Decree, there should be a provision granting you the right to a name change. If this is not included in your decree, you may have to contact the courts who handled your divorce. Most of the time, they will amend your divorce documents. However, some courts may not have the right to amend your Divorce Decree. In these cases, getting a lawyer to assist in your name change might help you in the process, or you can proceed with a Petition for a Name Change.
Refresh Your Identity
By completing your Divorce Decree and entering your maiden name, or name given to you prior to your divorce, you now have the proper legal document for your name change. From here, you will need to legally change your name with the Social Security Office. This can be done by providing them with your Divorce Decree, your birth certificate or proof of age and a form of photo identification.
After your new social security card is received, you can proceed to change other legal forms of ID such as your passport and driver’s license.
When dealing with a sensitive matter such as a name change, having an experienced attorney by your side can help avoid unnecessary delays and ensure that your petition is given fair consideration.