- The county in which the Respondent resides had been the county in which the children resided during the 90 days immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding; or
- The best interest of the children will be served if the proceeding is transferred to the county in which the Respondent resides because the children and at least one parent have a significant connection with the county and there is substantial evidence concerning the present or future care, protection and personal relationships of the children in the county.
Spouse’s NameThere is no statute particularly addressing a spouse reverting to his/her former name after divorce. However, the statute does permit name change in general. So, if a spouse wants to change his/her name, a Petition to that effect must be presented to the circuit court of the county of the Petitioner’s house, verified by a sworn statement. The Petition must state the Petitioner’s full name, the new name preferred, and a brief declaration of the motive for such desired change. If the judge is pleased that the desired change would be proper and not detrimental to the interests of any other person, the Petition may be granted. Public notice of the name change must be published at least three times in the county where the Petitioner resides, within 20 days after the court order is made, unless the following is true:
- The Petitioner is the victim of a domestic violence crime;
- The Petitioner is the victim of child abuse; or
- The Petitioner is the victim of abuse by a family or household member.