Divorce can involve many complicated legal filings and administrative tasks. One important task that should not be ignored is changing your name back to your maiden name if you wish to do so. While name changes have traditionally been associated with women, this is no longer the case since the legality of same-sex marriage and trends in recent years of combining last names or of husbands taking the last name of their wives.
Legally changing your name back can include many different steps, including the following:
- Requesting an official name change in your divorce petition, so the final divorce decree includes a court order allowing you to change your name back;
- If your divorce decree does not include a name change order, you will need to file a Florida Petition for a Name Change to get a court order by that method;
- Collect the following documents in order to update your name on official documents:
- A certified copy of the court order for the name change;
- Proof of your identification (passport or state-issued ID); and
- Proof of age (birth certificate, certificate of foreign birth, or adoption order).
- Use the above documents to change your name on your social security card, driver’s license, passport, and any other necessary forms of identification.
- Use your new documentation to change your name on bank accounts, credit accounts, with your employer for payroll, utilities, and any other relevant accounts.