How Do I Change My Name Following a Divorce in New York?

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When your divorce is finalized, you may be excited to start your life anew. However, one thing that may hold you back is still having your ex-spouse’s last name. For many, this is the final step in achieving a fresh start. It’s important to understand how this process works and what information you need to change if you want to change your last name. The following blog explores the steps you should take and why connecting with divorce attorneys in Nassau County at the beginning of the divorce process is critical to ensuring things go smoothly.

Do I Have to Change My Name Following a Divorce?

If you and your spouse divorce, changing your name is often something you’ll wonder about. It’s important to understand that you are under no legal obligation to change your name following a divorce. However, this is a personal decision, and many often decide to do so. In some instances, your divorce decree may require you to change your name back to what it was before the marriage, but this is not the case in all instances. However, it is often easier to change your name if this stipulation is included in your decree. This is because the judge will simply grant the request upon the finalization of your decree without having to take additional steps.

In the event your divorce agreement did not include the stipulation to change your name, you’ll need to do so yourself. As such, you’ll need to gather your divorce decree, birth certificate, or other proof of your age, and a driver’s license or other identification card. You’ll then have to file a petition with the court and explain your case to a judge who will grant the request.

What Information Do I Need to Update?

After your name is legally changed back, there is a litany of information you will need to update to reflect these changes. This includes your driver’s license, insurance information, Social Security, banks and other financial institutions, employer, medical facilities, and post office.

Changing your name can be a complex process if you don’t take the necessary steps to ensure you are doing so correctly. As such, it’s in your best interest to connect with an experienced attorney who can provide advice on how to include this as a stipulation in your divorce decree when you and your spouse decide to file.

At Barrows Levy PLLC, we understand that divorce is an emotional time. That’s why our team is committed to making this process as easy as possible so you can focus on healing. We will handle the legal complexities, allowing you to move on to the next chapter of your life. If you’re considering a divorce, we can help ensure this process goes smoothly. Connect with us today to learn how we can help you.

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