There is a lot to do for women once a divorce is final. One of the main items on any woman’s agenda is returning her maiden name. It may seem like a bit of a daunting process, although there are some relatively easy steps to follow.
The first step is gathering the necessary documents. Those documents include a legal ID, which could be a driver’s license, passport or state identification card. You will also need your divorce decree and some kind of proof of age. A birth certificate or hospital record would suffice.
In instances where women do not have a copy of a divorce decree, they can use a Divorce Records Request Letter. This is essentially a letter sent to the court clerk requesting another copy of the divorce decree
Once all those necessary items are in hand, check to make sure that your divorce decree grants you permission to change your name. If that is the case, this is the document which will allow you to go through with a legal name change.
If it does not grant you permission, there is still more work to be done. You will need to contact the court to make an amendment. If the court does not allow amendments, then the alternative would be to file a Texas petition for a name change.
But your work does not stop there.
Even after your divorce decree grants you the right to legally change your name, you will have to start notifying some agencies on your own. That starts with government agencies such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and Social Security Office.
A trip to your local Motor Vehicles branch or local social security office should do the trick. But you must start at the social security office by filling out a Social Security form SS-5. Make sure to bring all your necessary documents again, the ones mentioned earlier in this article.
A certificate from the social security office approving your change of name will be enough to use when changing the name on your driver’s license.
There could be a few tricky parts to this process which could be simplified with the assistance of a divorce lawyer at Hixson Law Firm. Our legal team has extensive experience helping women with name changes in Arlington, Mansfield, Grand Prairie and other surrounding communities.