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At Jensen Family Law, we know that one of the things that comes up after a divorce is a name change. You don’t want to carry the name of a past relationship into the future. An Arizona divorce attorney will explain to you what a name change means and what goes into the process.

Those who seek name changes are usually, but not always, women who are newly divorced. There are numerous reasons why one might wish to change their name, however, it is common for us to meet with women wishing to revert to their old names after divorce.

Usually, an Arizona divorce attorney will help with the process of changing your name. They are experts in these kinds of things and can help when seeking a name change before or after the divorce.

DIVORCE: WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR NAME AFTER YOUR SUCCESSFUL DIVORCE

There is some information you should understand before you request a name change :

  • You can seek a name change as part of the process of divorce only if you want to use the old name you used before marriage.
  • Perhaps you did not change your name during a divorce. You can change it later in your county court when you have completed the divorce. The process will be determined by this court and it might differ from other county courts. That’s why it is advisable you see an Arizona divorce attorney who will give you the details of the process in your county.
  • Perhaps you want a different name from the one you used before marriage. The court in your locality will help you with the process.
  • Changing your children’s names after a divorce requires the consent of the other parent. The process is treated separately from the divorce process. Usually, the court in your locality will use the same system it uses in dealing with issues concerning children in divorce. The court will always have the best interests of children in mind. It is very likely that the court will turn your request down if the other parent has an existing relationship with the children.
  • Your choices are broader if you have been divorced before. You can choose the old spouse’s name, your parent’s name, or you can maintain your current name.
  • Changing your name doesn’t exempt you from certain duties like paying your debt or being prosecuted for any crimes that you may have committed.
  • It’s your soon-to-be-ex or ex’s choice to change her or his name. You cannot force them.
  • Unless you make an effort to change them, your name on documents will remain the same. After changing your name because of a divorce, the name you have on your certificates, will, driver’s license, etc. will be the same and will not be changed automatically.

Changing your name after a divorce can be difficult if you don’t know how to go about it. An Arizona divorce attorney can help you make the process as swift and stress-free as possible.

Here are some examples of situations that can lead to a name change:

After marriage

You are not expected to do anything to change your name after marriage. There is no need to see a divorce attorney and there is no need to visit an adult court in your locality. All you have to do is to request a license for marriage; ensure you have done this before the actual marriage.

Typically, and depending on your locality, you don’t need to wait before you get a license. You will need to pay certain fees for the filing of the marriage license and each partner must each be above 18 years of age.

Name change after divorce

This is where some effort is required. Most people would like to change their name after a divorce. Changing your name cannot be easily done on your own. You will likely need the service of an Arizona divorce attorney.

If you wish to go back to your old name, it is wise to contact an attorney early. The best option is to file the case together with the divorce decree. If you want an entirely new name, a name you have never used before, you will need to follow a different approach that is unrelated to divorce.

There are two forms that respond to divorce issues. They are the Response to the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage forms. These forms have sections where those involved in divorce issues can file for a name change, especially if they are returning to old names.

When the divorce process has ended and the two parties have been separated by the law, you can still seek a name change. An Arizona family law attorney will help guide you through the process.

Changing your name as an adult

If you are looking to change your name legally after you have turned 18 and you are not married and haven’t been divorced before, changing your name at this stage is pretty easy.

You will visit the court clerk in your area and ask for a name change. The clerk will hand you a Name Change Form and other forms that are applicable. You will fill them out, providing information such as your name, your address, your date of birth, etc. and submit the form.

The second document, the Order Changing the Name, will serve as a tool for you in case you want to carry a birth certificate around with your new name on it. A judicial officer will put a signature on it and thus signify that you can hold another or brand new birth certificate in your community.

Reach out to Us

Contact us today at Jensen Family Law if you are looking for an experienced team of divorce attorneys in Arizona who will fight for you and protect your rights. We have over 30 years of experience as Arizona family lawyers and have helped hundreds of individuals successfully change their names.

Feel free to reach out to our team of highly skilled family law attorneys so we can schedule a consultation. We know every case is unique and we will take the time to talk about your specific circumstances and find what works best for you. Give us a call today.

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Mesa, AZ – Office

Located in Mesa Arizona, on Val Vista and Southern Avenue. Our Family Law Attorneys and Divorce Lawyers in Mesa AZ have been helping our clients achieve the legal results they are searching for. Our Mesa Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Mesa AZ
3740 E. Southern Ave Suite 210
Mesa, AZ 85206
(480) 999-2321
https://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/mesa

Chandler, AZ – Office

Located On Dobson Road, just North of W. Chandler Blvd, near the 101 Freeway. We have a team of the Best Divorce Lawyers and Family Law Attorneys in Chandler Arizona. Our Chandler Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Chandler AZ
333 N. Dobson Rd #5
Chandler, AZ 85224
(480) 632-2083
https://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/chandler

Gilbert, AZ – Office

Located in South East Gilbert, Near Higley High School on Pecos Road, West of Power Road in the Power Ranch Neighborhood. Our Gilbert Law Firm offers Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Gilbert AZ
4365 E. Pecos Rd Suite 138
Gilbert, AZ 85295
(480) 900-2302
https://www.familylawattorneymesaaz.net/gilbert

Florence, AZ – Office

Located in the Community of Anthem in Florence Arizona, off of Hunt Hwy. Our Florence Law Firm is staffed with family law attorneys that offer Divorce Mediation, Uncontested Divorce, Contested Divorce, Legal Separation, Female Divorce Lawyers, Annulment, Child Support Issues, Child Custody, Military Divorce, Parenting Plans, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Grandparents Rights, Paternity, Order of Protection, Name Change and all Family Law legal issues.

Jensen Family Law in Florence AZ
3281 N. Hunt Hwy Suite 111
Florence, AZ 85132
(480) 632-1120
https://jensenlawaz.com/florence

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Jensen Family Law in Mesa is located on 3740 E Southern Ave Suite 210, 85206 Mesa, Arizona. From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Take S 41st St to E Sky Harbor Blvd, then head west on E Sky Harbor Blvd and Use the left lane to take the exit toward S 41st St. Then Turn right onto S 41st St. After that, Continue straight to stay on S 41st St, then Take AZ-202 Loop E, AZ-101 Loop S and US-60 E to S Val Vista Dr in Mesa. Take exit 184 from US-60 E after that Merge onto E Sky Harbor Blvd, then Use the left 2 lanes to merge onto AZ-202 Loop E toward Tempe/Mesa and Use the right 3 lanes to take exit 9 to merge onto AZ-101 Loop S. After that, Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 55A-B to merge onto US-60 E toward Globe, then Take exit 184 for Val Vista Dr. Then Continue on S Val Vista Dr to your destination and Turn left onto S Val Vista Dr. Turn right onto E Southern Ave, then turn left and Destination will be on the right.

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