Name Change After Divorce
Get a court order restoring your prior name
Request an order restoring your former name as part of your divorce proceedings. Some courts can issue this before your divorce is finalized and may allow you to take your former name or a new name. This document is needed as proof of your name change.
Or use your divorce order
If your divorce has already been finalized and you didn't request a name change order you can still change names after divorce. It's best to return to the court where your divorce was granted and ask if a name change order can be issued after the fact. If the court cannot issue a name change order without filing a new petition and paying the fee, you may still be able to reclaim your former name. (continued)
As the SSA allow name change without a court order so you should try changing names with the SSA first. Once the SSA accepts your name change you can go onto change names with other government agencies. This helps create sufficient evidence of name change for all other companies. We explain more in the Easy Name Change guide which comes with all our kits.
Always start with Social Security
As with all name changes, start by getting a Social Security card issued in your new name. Other agencies can only change names to be the same as is listed with the SSA. Read our section on divorce name change with Social Security for more information.
Then change your name everywhere else
This is the time consuming part as you need to contact each organization where you hold an account or membership. You'll need to learn the process and make a request to get your records changed, and probably spend some time waiting on hold. Each organization has their own name change procedure. You may need to send a letter, a fax, wait for a form to be delivered, visit in person or go online.
Generally speaking, we recommend providing a copy of your divorce decree AND photo ID under both old and new names when changing names by mail or fax. This results in fewer requests for more information.
Let us do the hard work for you
Can't be bothered calling each company to ask name change procedures and proof requirements? We have all the information you need for over one thousand organizations. When you receive your personalized Easy Name Change kit just add the documents listed at the bottom of each notification, sign and send. If any companies have a special form to complete we'll also provide it personalized in your name along with details on how to submit the form.
Know what proof documents to include
In recent years companies have become more stringent in safeguarding account holder's identity. As a result many women report that it's more difficult to change names after divorce versus when they married and that they are asked for more proof of identity documents. With an Easy Name Change kit you can save yourself the inevitable hassle that comes with changing names, rejected name change requests and hours spent waiting on hold.
Here's how to make the change
The most difficult way is to do it all yourself - it requires lots of research, looking for the latest forms and information.
To make the name change as simple and pain free as possible we recommend our personalized kit. We provide virtually all the forms you need for both government agencies and private organizations. We've researched the name change procedure for each one, so you don't get a letter unless it's that company's name change policy. Best of all, we have an unconditional 60 day money back guarantee, so it's totally risk free. Just click below to get started.
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