Table of Contents:
- How to Change Back to Your Maiden Name in Pennsylvania
- How to Change a Name Back to Maiden in Ohio
- How to Change Back to a Maiden Name in Nebraska
Contact the Office of Prothonotary in the county where the divorce was filed. Ask about the cost to file and how to obtain the “Notice to Retake Prior Surname” form. Some counties have a website with the form available for downloading along with instructions and filing fee information.
Write or type the “Plaintiff,” “Defendant” and “File No.” as recorded on the divorce decree.
Fill in the day, month and year recorded on the divorce decree in the appropriate spaces.
Write the prior surname you wish to resume in the appropriate space.
Sign your current married name on the “Signature” space.
Sign the name being resumed in the “Signature of name being resumed” space.
Fill in the filing date on the “Date” space.
File the form, either in person or by mail, with the Office of the Prothonotary. The form will be certified and filed. Certified copies will be returned to you and will be required when you have your name properly changed with the Social Security Administration.
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.
Using the Name-Change Process
Total the amount of time you have lived in your county. You must be a resident of a county in Nebraska for one year before you can file a petition for a name change.
Obtain the paperwork. These forms are available online (See Resources) or through the Clerk of the County Court.
Fill out the paperwork and turn it in to the Clerk of the County Court. You will receive a court date. There is a filing fee you will have to pay.
Take out a legal notice in a newspaper published in your county or a newspaper in wide circulation in your county declaring your name change. This must be done for four weeks after the petition is filed. Newspaper publishers have a standardized form for legal notices. Follow the structure of the form.
Prepare the Decree of Name Change for your court date. This is a legal document that you will receive and fill out. It has blank spaces to be filled out. Fill these out as instructed by the document.
Attend your court hearing.
Take the Decree, if granted, to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Social Security Administration, and any other licensing agencies that may need to be notified of your name change.
Changing Back to Your Maiden Name During Divorce
Fill out forms for the dissolution of marriage as normal.
Write your maiden name in block 15 (may differ depending on county). The line should begin with "I wish my former name..."
Turn in forms during divorce proceedings. As the divorce is processed, the name change will also be processed.