There are many reasons why any person may want or need to change a name.
Marriage, divorce and adoption are easily the most common reasons people make a name change.
Due to stricter proof of name requirements for issuance of driver’s licenses and passports, some may need a court order changing his or her legal name to a name that they have used for many years.
While the choice of what to call yourself is one of the most personal decisions, you must follow a formal legal process if you want your legal name to change. This process can be complicated, but it is important to do it right, so you can ensure the government recognizes your new official identity.
Changing Your Name After Divorce
Upon marriage, a name change by either spouse to the other spouse’s last name or any combination of the spouses’ names can be accomplished without a court order.
However, if the name change is due to a divorce or adoption, the legal name change is typically granted as part of the Final Judgment. Sometimes, changing a name is the last thing on a person's mind and could be overlooked. If a party to a divorce does not request their name be restored to their maiden name and the dissolution of marriage proceedings are close, then the party will have to change his or her name through a separate proceeding.
For answers to these questions and more, get in touch with a qualified family law attorney in Citrus County Florida by calling the Law Office of Steven D. Fichtman today!