If you have forgotten to change your name in your divorce paperwork, don't worry, you can still change your name through the family court process. Follow these steps:
- Contact the court clerk in the county where the case was filed.
- Give the court clerk the case number, case name (names of the parties), and the date of the order/judgment/filing, if possible. Include a copy of your Notice of Entry of Judgment (Family Law — Uniform Parentage — Custody and Support)
- Complete an Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order (Family Law) (Form FL-395). Include a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope.
Usually the court will be able to process your paperwork within 2 to 4 weeks. Ask the clerk at your local court for an estimate of how long it will take.
You can contact me at Amanda@gordonfamilylaw.com for more information.