Legally changing your name is a big deal that will impact your life in a variety of ways. If you are going through a divorce, you may want to change your last name back to your maiden name as a part of this process. In Arkansas, it is possible to change your legal name for a variety of different reasons, including divorce, but it does take some work. Understanding your options and choosing the best path forward will help to make this process faster and easier.
Name Change as a Part of the Divorce
The easiest way to change your name is to do it as a part of the divorce process. The laws in Arkansas specifically state that when divorcing, the wife may include a petition to change her last name as a part of this process. Doing it during the divorce will minimize the paperwork that needs to be taken care of and will also cut down on the number of trips you need to make to the courthouse or other government facilities.
The only thing you will really need when changing your name during a divorce is the divorce decree that has been signed off on by the judge. This is very similar to changing your name when getting married, in which case only a marriage certificate is needed.
Changing Your Name After the Divorce
If you did not include your name change during the divorce, you can always go back and make the change later. You will, however, have to follow the normal process of changing your name, which will take a few extra steps. First, you will need to file a petition with the court to change your name. This will need to include all of your personal information as well as your reason for wanting to change your name. In almost all cases, the courts will accept your request to change your name.
Getting Updated Paperwork
Once you have gotten your name legally changed, you will need to update your name on various things as soon as is reasonably possible. For example, you will want to get an updated driver’s license with your new name. Changing your name on bills and contracts, including with your employer, will also be important.
We are Here to Help
Legally changing your name is not a difficult process, but it does need to be done correctly to avoid any delays. If you are going through a divorce, it makes sense to have your attorney add the name change request to the paperwork that is being submitted anyway. No matter the reason for changing your name, we are here to help you if you need it. Please do not hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment today.