Can I Start Using My Maiden Name Right Away And How Do I Get My Name Legally Restored?
Can I start using my maiden name right away and how do I get my name legally restored?
You may begin using your maiden name at any time if your divorce judgment allows you to revert to your maiden name, provided you are not doing so for any unlawful purpose, such as to avoid your creditors. Many agencies and institutions, however, will not alter their records without a court order changing your name.
If you want your maiden name restored, let your attorney know so that this provision can be included in your divorce judgment. If you want to change your legal name after the divorce and have not provided for it in your divorce judgment, it will be necessary for you to undergo a separate legal action for a name change.