Changing Your Name After a Texas Divorce

Changing Your Name After a Texas Divorce

How To Change Your Name in Texas

It is not uncommon for women to want to change their legal name after a Texas divorce. Often, they will go back to their maiden name, and the reasons for changing their name vary.

Other times, a divorced woman will prefer to keep her married name because she likes it better than her maiden name, because she wants to have the same last name as her children, or because she does not want to hassle with changing her name on all of her credit cards, loans, and utility bills. The decision to keep or lose a married name is individual.

Changing a Legal Name is Simple

The actual process of changing a legal name in Texas is simple, but you have to complete all the requirements first. When one changes their legal name as a part of a marriage, the change occurs when the marriage license is obtained. When a name change is desired because of a divorce, it should be incorporated in the spouses’ Final Decree of Divorce. If the name change is made after the divorce, the divorced individual must file a petition with the court and the court has to grant the applicant a new name through a court order.

For a divorcée to obtain a name change after the divorce, he or she must file an Original Petition for Change of Name in the county where he or she resides.

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For further details about changing your name as a part of your divorce, contact Hunt Law Firm, PLLC today.

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