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How do you legally change your last name to your maiden name after many years of divorce?

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I called the Social Security Administration, (800-772-1213) & asked this same question. I was told that I must file a petition with the court. The SSA will not restore your maiden name without court documentation. Information on www.socialsecurity.gov was also useful.

However, there are no US laws that require a woman to take her husband's name nor use a legal process to restore her maiden name if that is not done during the dissolution of the marriage. All that is needed is to fill out the forms from the agency who should be notified (DMV, SSA, etc.) and use your marriage certificate (maiden name) and divorce decree (married name) to show you wish to restore your maiden name.

Or, you can file a simple change of name petition with the probate court in the county in which you reside. Court costs are an average $50-$75 and the hearing takes about 5 minutes.

You can find the list of probate courts in your state as well as blank name change petitions by seeing the links below.
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If you were divorced in Arkansas 5 years ago and did not opt to change your name back to your maiden name but you want to do that now do you have to petition the court?

  Answer     No, all that is needed is to have the necessary documents changed, those being driver license, Social Security information, and so forth. The first s

How do you get your maiden name back after a divorce?

  This may vary by state, but as long as no fraud is involved, whatever name you want to use is pretty much up to you. Inform your DMV and bank. If more is required they w

Can you change your last name after a divorce to something different from your maiden name?

You can change your name to any thing at any time as long as you are over 18 and have no criminal record and undisclosed or fraudulent intentions. you need to file a certifica

When does your last name legally change after marriage?

You must file a name change petition and follow the steps at your local county court clerk's office where you are a resident. Another Perspective It is not necessary in all
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Can you use your maiden name after divorced?

It depends, to an extent on where you are in the world. But, in most places, you can call yourself what you like (within reason). Informally, you can often simply start using