When it’s all said in done, your new name change after divorce may be your next important and life-changing decision. When you are ready and you have decided to change your name, there are some simple steps you can take that are easy and cost effective. There are options after divorce and we have outlined them here for you. Remember, deciding what your name should be is always an intensely personal endeavor. So, decision first, then make it happen. Here are a few simple options for divorce name change.
Court Order Options for your Name Change After Divorce
There are three main ways to acquire your Name Change:
1. Include Your Name Change as part of your divorce decree.
2. Modify your name in Your existing divorce decree.
3. Use your local California County Superior Court by to Obtain a Decree Changing Name.
These three options are all based on getting a Court Ordered, Legal Name Change. Your New Name court order can be certified, sometimes at the same court on the day you get it. The certified court order will be what you need to get some of your most important records changed over to your shiny New Name. Having the certified copy will make it easier, and, in some cases possible, to get your New Name established on your social security records, bank accounts, drivers license, and all the other personal and identification records you use in your daily life.
After Divorce – Here are Some Options
It doesn’t matter much how your names were changed when you got married. Because in California, regardless if you are a man or a woman, – both can change their name upon or even after divorce. And, there are a ton of choices for name change, but they all boil down to the following potential name change scenarios:
1. You can get back your maiden/pre-marriage Last Name
2. You can get back your birth Name or any other Legal Last Name you had before marriage
3. You can get a New First, Middle, and/or Last Name
Once your divorce decree is issued, the opportunity to establish your New Name in the original divorce decree (the least costly and easiest way to proceed) is missed. You may still be able to modify your divorce decree, if you only want to change to your maiden name or a prior legal name. Check with your divorce lawyer or your court advisor to see if you’re eligible for that because it’s not very costly and pretty simple for you to do yourself. Here’s a link to the court forms (very simple to fill out) IF you can use your Divorce case to get a new name change court order there.
Superior Court Name Change can be done any time you want, and is the most flexible about your choices of New Names. You can find additional information about getting your Name Change After Divorce and Legal Name Change by clicking this link.