Name Change (Checklist)
During or after your divorce it is extremely important to complete your name change successfully. In order to do this, you must make sure people are made aware of your new name in a formal and effective manner.

The Checklist
  • Obtain a new driverís license or state identification card.
  • Change your name on all bank accounts, safe deposit boxes, etc.
  • Change your name on all credit cards, store charge cards, etc.
  • Notify Social Security (formal application required).
  • Notify all of your creditors.
  • Notify the telephone company and other utilities.
  • Change your passport (if you have one).
  • Notify the post office and mail carrier.
  • Change car titles and registration.
  • Notify insurance companies.
  • Consider an announcement by mail to friends and relatives.
  • Notify your employer and any retirement/pension accounts.
  • Inform co-workers and those you have a working relationship.
  • Change e-mail addresses (only if they reflect your old name)
  • Notify any place you have a membership (library, gym etc.)



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DIVORCE NAME CHANGE -– Most jurisdictions permit a woman to change or reclaim her maiden name as part of the divorce action. The request to do so is a step in the divorce petition. The divorce decree makes the name change part of the court order. The woman then reverses the same steps she took after she married and took her husband’s name.

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