How do I change back to my maiden name when it was not on the decree of my divorce? and is it expensive? Helena from Califronia

Asked almost 2 years ago - Sylmar, CA

I was divorced in 1997 and the decree does not have on there the right to go back to my maiden name how do I do that in California and is it expensive? or can I just do a name change back to my maiden name?

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  1. Tobie Brina Waxman

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    Answered . Petitioner for name change http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/nc100.pdf

  2. Daniel Seth Williams

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    Answered . At this point you can do it through a civil process, no need to reopen the divorce.

    Attorney Williams practices FAMILY LAW throughout the State of California. The response provided in this forum is... more
  3. Michael Raymond Daymude

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    Answered . See this guide: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-namechange.htm

    Or, you can just start using your maiden name again.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  4. Donald Frederick Conviser

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    Answered . Easy: File a FL-395 EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR RESTORATION OF FORMER NAME AFTER ENTRY OF JUDGMENT.

    Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, as each situation is... more

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