HOW DO I RESUME USING MY MAIDEN NAME POST DIVORCE?


In New York it is common for a spouse to resume using their maiden name post-divorce. Typically, there are certain steps to changing your last name back. Reverting to your maiden name usually requires you finalize your divorce. The proposed judgment of divorce will usually include a provision authorizing your name change.


Although the signed judgment of divorce grants you the legal authority to change your name, will also need to notify government agencies of your name change. Typically, you will need to have a certified copy of your judgment of divorce, proof of age by providing a copy of your birth certificate, and proof of identification which is fulfilled by providing a copy of your driver’s license or passport. Government agencies you should contact about this change include agencies such as the Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Postal Service. It is also important to notify any financial institutions and health insurance companies of this change.

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