My divorce was just finalized but I've decided I no longer want to change back to my maiden name. Do I have to go back to the same judge and ask him to change it back or can I just file for a name change even though I haven't change my name to my maiden name on any documents, ss, drivers license?
My divorce was finalized in Cumming GA but I now live in Titusville, FL.
Hopefully you asked this question in time. In the first 30 days the trial judge can (assuming he's willing) amend his order if you do a proper motion. Your attorney can easily do this and most but not all judges will agree. After 30 days, technically it cannot be done, although a few judges MIGHT anyway. Again, ask your lawyer.
If you don't get the divorce changed, you'll need to see a Fla. lawyer to see how you do a name change there. While you don't have records to change, at some point, the mismatch between the divorce decree and reality could cause a problem with retirement, taxes, or legal matters, so one way or the other, while there isn't a deadline to change most records, and people can informally use aliases, now is the best time to fix it. (Note: Georgia, and I can't speak for Florida) makes it a criminal offense not to change a drivers license when your name changes.
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