Changing your name back to a maiden name in Ohio may be done as part of a divorce proceeding or through the standard name change procedures. If you wish to have this done as part of your divorce, it is automatically permitted by Ohio Revised Code Section 3105.16; simply notify the judge before your divorce is complete. If you are going through the standard name change procedure, the processes may vary slightly county by county, but generally they follow the same steps set out by Ohio Revised Code Section 2717.01, and you must have lived in your county for at least a year.
Fill out a name change application. You will have to give your old and requested new name along with the reasons you want to change your name. Your signature on the form swears that you're not changing your name to avoid creditors or the police.
Submit your application to the county court and pay the necessary fees.
Wait for the court to set a hearing date after you submit your name change application.
Publish notification of your name change application in a local newspaper and be sure to check with the court to make sure you use an acceptable publication. In Franklin County, Ohio, the two newspapers used are The Daily Reporter and The Columbus Dispatch. The newspaper ad must include your old and new names as well as the time and place of your court hearing.
Attend the hearing along with proof that you published notice of your possible name change. If someone contests your request for a name change, you will have a chance to argue on your behalf in front of the judge. The judge will then approve or reject your application for a name change.