Steps to Divorce—How to Legally Change Your Name

Divorce

There are so many steps to divorce that it can be difficult to keep track. For one, how do you go about changing your name after a divorce?

There are a few ways to change your name when a divorce case is finished. The easiest way is to request that your former name be restored by asking for this in the Petition or the Response, depending on which party you are, and have the name change included in the Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.

This could be by agreement with the other party or by going to trial and having the judge order the judgment at court.

Steps to Divorce: Filing for a Name Change After the Divorce

If you did not get the name change when your California divorce judgment was filed, you can follow up to restore your former name by filing a form called Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order (Family Law).

The steps needed to do this are listed on the California Courts website here.

Steps to Divorce: Changing Your Name to Something New After Divorce

If you want to change your name altogether and do not want to restore your former name, there is a different process you must follow, which requires you to file a petition in the court to ask for the name change.

That process can take several months and can be done regardless of the status of your divorce judgment.  The California Courts website lists the steps you need to take to follow this process.

A San Diego Family Law Attorney Can Help You Through the Steps to Divorce

When you’re going through a divorce, an experienced divorce attorney can help you understand the steps to divorce, including changing your name.

If you are considering divorce or have already made the difficult decision to pursue divorce and have questions, contact JWB Family Law to schedule a free consultation.

The Importance of the CFLS Designation

A Certified Family Law Specialist, or CFLS, is an attorney who has obtained certification in the standards of California family law and demonstrated optimal legal competence. Attorneys who obtain this certification have specific expertise in all aspects of family law, which includes divorce or the dissolution of marriagechild and spousal support, child custody, and temporary restraining orders, among other areas of emphasis.

Not every attorney practicing family law has obtained this certification. In fact, the designation remains relatively rare—there are fewer than 2,000 CFLS attorneys in California and fewer than 200 in San Diego.

Surviving a second divorce

Finances tend to be more complicated as second divorces generally happen later in life when folks have accumulated more assets.

California divorce rates and facts

Recent divorce studies found that disagreeing about finances on a regular basis, lacking a college education, when one or both spouses are alcoholics, and being in a low income bracket are all linked with a higher divorce rate.

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