Can I change my name back to my maiden name


#1

We are separated for eight months so far. Is there any way I can legally change my maiden name and go back to fully using it again?


#2

Not a lawyer

Good news. There’s an option on the final divorce paperwork for you to assume your maiden name upon divorce.


#3

You can change your name back before the divorce, but it is easiest and least expensive to do it in conjunction with the divorce or subsequent to it. There is a simple form (nccourts.org/Forms/Documents/456.pdf) to complete and the fee is currently $10.


#4

I am not a lawyer, but I looked into this because I wanted to changed my name back PRIOR to divorce. I called the Special Proceedings Division of Wake Co Clerks Office, and she said there is an Opinion on Name Change that I could use to change my Driver’s License, but there is no way to change it thru the courts if I am not divorced. BUT essentially I don’t need to go thru the courts, because she said I can change my Driver’s License myself (?) and thus everything else (bank accounts, etc), EXCEPT for Social Security card, because Federal government doesn’t recognize the Opinion. I was sorta confused by that, so I am still researching…. Here is link to Name Change info: web.co.wake.nc.us/courts/namechanges.html

Also statute listed on rosen.com: rosen.com/divorce/divorcesta … e-surname/

I certainly would not want to mess up anything w/Social Security…so I decided to wait. Hope that helps you.