Table of Contents:
- How to Change a Name After a Divorce in Oregon
- How to Change My Name After a Divorce in Georgia
- How to Change Your Name After a Divorce in Texas
- How to Get a Name Change After a Divorce in Maryland
Change of Name
Get the necessary forms. Seven forms are required to legally change your name in Oregon. You can get the forms through Stevens-Ness Law Publishing Co. in Portland, Ore., through court clerks, libraries or online.
Complete and file the petition with the court in the county where you live.
Fill out two copies of all the forms. Print or type neatly. Take with you on Step 4.
Go to court hearing. Explain to the judge why you want a name change. Take your forms from Step 3. Give the judge the forms requested.
If the judge grants the name change, post notice of the change of name. Fourteen days later the court clerk will issue a certificate of name change with proof of the notice.
Take certificate of name change to Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles and change your driver's license, car registration, car title and your voter registration.
Take certificate of name change to your bank or banks to change the name on all of your accounts. Don't forget your credit cards.
Contact the Social Security Administration to change your name and get a new Social Security Card with your new name.
Change the name on your utilities, with your insurance company and at your library card.
Obtain the Complaint for Divorce from your Georgia county courthouse. This is your initial pleading that is filed in the court. You will need to complete all the required paperwork and provide the proper documentation. According to O.C.G.A. § 19-5-16, you are able to make the request to restore your maiden name, but it is not final until your divorce is finalized.
Inform the judge by making the statement in the Final Judgment and Decree. You will be given a packet of paperwork to fill out for the divorce. Before you can file the papers, you must complete the Final Judgment and Decree. This specifically asks the court to restore your maiden name.
List your maiden name in the Final Judgment and Decree. In many Georgia divorces, the parties do not have to attend court. It is required that you list the last name you want restored in the Final Judgment and Decree. Once your divorce case is finalized, the judge will the sign the Final Judgment and Decree, restoring your last name.
Obtain a certified copy of the Final Judgment. You should receive a copy of the judgment in the mail. If you used an attorney, contact the attorney for a copy. If you did not receive one, contact the clerk's office.
Visit the Social Security office in your area to have your name changed on your Social Security card. You must bring the Final Judgment to apply for the name change.
Bring the new Social Security card or temporary card to the Department of Motor Vehicles.To have your name changed on your driver's license, you will need to bring the Social Security card with your maiden name restored or the temporary card provided along with certified copy of your Final Judgment.
Contact your bank and inform other important parties of the change. Change your last name with your bank, credit card companies and all other companies with your information on file. If they require documentation, mail copies of your Final Judgment and new driver's license.
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.
Fill out Maryland's two-page Petition for Change of Name (form "DOM REL 60," see link in the Reference section below). Fill in your married name as well as your maiden name. Attach a copy of your birth certificate. For Question 4 regarding your reasoning, simply put "divorce."
File your name change petition as part of your divorce paperwork. If you have already filed for divorce, it is usually possible to amend the filing within 30 days.
Start using your maiden name again. Maryland law stipulates that you're allowed to return to your maiden name even if you don't file for an official name change as part of your divorce paperwork. Just use your maiden name regularly and be sure to change your personal records such as license and social security card.