Name Change After Marriage

Name Change After Marriage is common.  Spouses who chose not to change their names during marriage, can do it by Name Change court order anytime after.  Or, any married couple can restore their per-marriage name … or take a brand new name altogether … by the same process.  Children’s last names can be changed to a new married name through a Petition filed by either or both parents.  Even entire families can their last name…or all their names in the same way.

A Decree Changing Name, can legally change the name of one or both adults, or one or more child.  A Name Change Petition case can be filed in the correct Superior Court and, when all the steps are done correctly and completely, a judge can sign a Decree Changing Name.  A Certified Copy of that Decree will allow you to get all government, financial and school records changed over to the name you want.

People change their minds.  Lots of things change affecting a person’s name and Name Change California is a process available to get it right.  Families need to have the exact names they want for practical real life reasons as well as the very personal reasons that go with every person’s name.

EZ Name Change can help you get it done, cost-effectively and with confidence.


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General Name Change FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about NAME CHANGE after Marriage. Click on any of the links below.

How does a Court Decreed Name Change After Marriage work?


For All Legal Name Changes except Changing Back to Maiden Name after California final divorce

  1. Prepare your Name Change Petition for Court filing. Our EZ NAME CHANGE Questionnaire helps you do that in 7-15 minutes online. All the forms your court requires, with all the copies needed to complete the whole process, will be in your hands for court filing within a few days.
  2. File the Petition (Name Change after marriage) in the correct Court and get your hearing date. We provide you with the correct court information and your court’s procedures for where you live.  Our instructions will walk you through it, step-by-step.
  3. Give Notice to the general public. We’ll give you all the paperwork you need, easy-to-follow instructions, information and guidance for it all. This is a requirement under California Name Change Laws (see California Code of Civil Procedure, section 1277a)
  4. Get your Name Change After Marriage COURT ORDER. At (or sometimes before) the hearing, you’ll receive your signed Decree Changing Name or other Court Order. We’ll give you guidelines, instructions and filled out forms for completing this step in your local court. On this day, remember to smile! You did it!
  5. Get a Certified Copy of your Name Change After Marriage COURT ORDER and get Your Records Changed. This is what All the important government agencies will want to see to change your account and identification records(social security, DMV, passports, etc.). It’s official! Use it and let others know. Give notice to all your important relationships and connections. We’ll give you a handy checklist with contact information for the most important ones.

What are the costs?


  1. $115.00** is our charge to prepare your completed Petition (with all copies for filing), provide you easy-to-follow instructions and all the information you need to get Your Name Change After Marriage COURT ORDER. Court filing, Name Change Ad and Certified Copy costs are not included.
  2. $ 75.00** for Filing Application to Restore (Maiden) Name after final California divorce judgment- or $125 includes 1 Certified Copy of Decree Changing Back to Maiden Name after approval by your judge; or $160 includes 2 Certified Copies.

** For detailed information about all costs to get a Name Change After Marriage COURT ORDER, including all court costs, click here; For information about Getting Your Maiden Name Back, click here

How long does it take?


It will take you 15 minutes or less to complete our questionnaire.
You’ll have your complete, ready-to-file Petition package within days.

It will take about 2 months from the day your Name Change After Marriage Petition is filed until you receive your Decree Changing Name. It can take longer if the courts are backed up or if you have problems in your Petition information.

For Changing Back to Your Maiden Name after a California divorce, it will take a maximum of 5 weeks.

Can I get turned down?


Yes. However, almost all Name Change After Marriage Petitions are approved. The main reasons why a Petition might be denied are:

  1. Your paperwork is inaccurate, incomplete, or reveals you or your child to be ineligible
  2. Someone lodges an objection and then your judge decides not to grant your Petition.
  3. The judge believes that granting the Petition would achieve an improper result (i.e., defraud someone, cause harm, likely to incite violence, trade on the name of a famous person, improperly hide a criminal past, etc.). See California’s Name Change laws about this at CCP 1275-1279.5
  4. For Maiden Name Change, getting Your Maiden Name back after a final judgment has been entered in a California divorce case might also be denied if you are asking for a Name Change that isn’t exactly a Name You had legally before that marriage

Why should I use

We’re California Name Change Specialists and do a lot of Name Change After Marriage Petitions. We’re passionate about helping people legally get their Name Changed or their Child’s Name to exactly the way you want it. We love hearing the excitement when someone we helped gets their Court Order and has actually achieved their Name Change Goals.

Our online Questionnaire (“Start My Name Change Now”) took 2 years to develop and lets you get your Petition going in just 15 minutes or less.  In a few days you’ll get a ready-to-file, properly prepared Name Change After Marriage Petition for an industry low $115 charge (comparison: LegalZoom $139+; lawyer $499++).  And, you’ll also get everything you need to get the Certified Court Order so you can change all your records (or your child’s records) with Social Security, DMV, Passport, even Birth Certificate, School and all Financial Accounts. Ask about our very affordable service to File and Advertise for you.

Your access to us is whenever you want, by phone or email.  Our Court Information is current and personalized to Your Name Change in Your County and Your Superior Court.

Oh, and did we mention that we have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and have had no complaints!

We think Your Legal Name Change is a big deal! … and worth every letter of it!

When you have enough information, Let us help you get started!

I have other questions.

For other Name Change After Marriage information or for information about other types of Court Order Name Changes, see other articles on this page. Or, please feel free to contact us with your email or phone call questions 



I don’t want to get married again with my old married name
I want to add my family name to my married last name
I want to take my husband’s last name and change my middle name to my maiden name
I don’t like the hyphen anymore
I changed my mind about what I wrote on the marriage license for my last name
I decided it’s easier to have just my husband’s last name for everything
It’s too much work to deal with my kids school situations, we should all have the same last name
I want my maiden name back
My name is too hard to say and write out all the time. I want it to be simpler for everyone to use, including me
And the number 1 reason why people Change Names is…
I want us to have the same last names