Names after divorce


#1

On legal documents such as deeds, contracts… you should sign your legal name at the time of signing. So, sign your married name on such documents up until the judgment of divorce (with your maiden name) has been entered. In the meantime or if you decide not to revert back to your maiden name legally, you can sign your maiden name where there will be no recording or title problems.

Deborah M. Throm
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#2

I’ve seen variations of this question, and yes, I already know how to change my name during a divorce.

My question - if I DO revert to maiden name during divorce, is it still permissible to maintain the married name in certain circumstances, such as on deeds/titles or for business reasons? Could I sign either name and it be valid?

OR, if not reverting to maiden name legally, in what circumstances can I use my maiden name?