Changing Your Name After a Divorce: What You Need to Know

Jan 19, 2015
by The Atkins & Markoff Team

Changing Your Name After a Divorce: What You Need to Know

Making the decision to file for a divorce from your spouse is certainly not a simple one, but thankfully changing your name is. Once you have finalized your divorce in Oklahoma, the steps to change your last name back to your maiden name are relatively easy. While changing your name after a divorce can sometimes be a time-consuming process, the following tips should help you get started. As always, if you have any legal questions about divorce in Oklahoma, your rights, or what you need to do in order to restore your former name, please contact a divorce attorney from Atkins & Markoff.

Steps to change your name after a divorce in Oklahoma:

  1. During divorce proceedings, it is generally recommended that you inform the judge of your intent to legally change your name. If getting a divorce in Oklahoma, it is typically understood that the divorce proceeding will include a name change.
  1. Once you have officially filed for a divorce, it is a good idea to go into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Social Security Administration and notify them of your ensuing name change. When going into the DMV, be sure and bring with you a certified copy of your divorce decree. At this time you will likely have to pay the designated fee to obtain a new driver’s license or ID card. To save yourself time and frustration down the road, it is a good idea to change your vehicle registration and title to your new name with the DMV at this time.
  1. As soon as you have legally changed your name with the DMV and Social Security office, you must begin to notify others of your name change. This may include your employer, credit card companies, bank, utilities services, and your insurance company. You will likely find that each business will have specific requirements regarding your name change. In some cases a simple phone call and fax will do, others may require a notarized copy of your divorce decree as well as proof of your name change through the DMV.

Getting a divorce is not something anyone plans for, but if you find yourself in this situation it is always a best practice to attain a divorce attorney. As Oklahoma divorce attorneys, we can help guide you through the process to ensure nothing is missed. We understand how emotional going through a divorce can be and will do everything in our power to help you restore your legal name as quickly as possible. Our divorce lawyers believe first and foremost in providing each and every one of our clients with the knowledge and tools they need in order to get back on their feet and move on with their lives after a divorce.