The court forms required to obtain a divorce in Texas include the option for you to resume using the name you had before your marriage. If you have a pending divorce case, you may be able to include a request to change your name and have the finalized divorce decree do that without an additional legal action. If a court has already finalized your divorce you must file a separate petition for a name change and obtain a court order.
Contact or visit the court clerk's office at the district court located in the Texas county where you reside. Ask the court clerk for your district court's forms to request a name change.
Fill out the petition used by your county's district court. Provide all information requested by the petition, including your current name, contact information, birth date, Social Security number, Texas driver's license number and gender. Write the new name you would like to use where specified on the form. Explain on the form, when asked for a reason why you wish to change your name, that you have divorced and would like to resume a former name.
Answer the questions on the petition regarding any criminal history that you may have in the Texas and federal court systems. Obtain your fingerprints on a card approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. You can find further information regarding the fingerprinting requirements in Section 45.102 of the Texas Family Code.Ask the court clerk at your district court for the names of acceptable fingerprinting services if you do not know where to have your fingerprints taken.
Sign your completed, proofread petition form in the presence of a Texas notary. Remember to sign the forms with your current name and not the new name that you have requested. Attached your fingerprinting card to the notarized form and file your paperwork with the court clerk at your district court. Pay any filing fees identified by the court clerk.
Schedule a hearing date at district court to have the court review your request for a name change. Prepare an order granting change of name of adult form, which you should request from the district court's clerk. The order requires information similar to what you must initially provide in your petition to start the court case. Write your current name and new name where specified.
Appear at your scheduled hearing in district court. Explain to the judge you divorced, did not complete the name change during your divorce proceedings and would like to now change your name. Confirm the information you provided in your petition and proposed order. Ask the judge to grant the court order, which will legally change your name according to the laws of Texas.