While the laws vary in every state, generally speaking, if a woman wants to change her last name to her maiden name, she will want to make sure that this request is made in her initial pleadings with the court. If a divorce is then settled out of court, it’s important to denote in the settlement documents that the parties agree that the woman’s name is being changed to her maiden or former name.
If a trial takes place in a divorce, it’s important that testimony be put on at trial regarding the woman’s desire to change her last name. Then, if a proposed judgment is presented to the court, the name change should be included as part of the proposed judgment.
Ultimately, if the name change request is granted, the woman will generally need to get in touch with the Social Security Administration and/or other others to ensure the name change is fully implemented.
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