My girlfriend supposedly finalized her divorce in August of 2015 but yet she still has done nothing to change her last name and, even though she was beside herself with joy when it was finalized, she has not, and for some reason will not, show me the signed court document. I found the court record for the divorce hearing but there's nothing that says "final" or "divorced" or "granted". All it states is "final hearing result: other" and that it's disposed.
You can look up her case online which it sounds like you did. Can you download documents from the court's website? If not go to the court to the records department and pay for a copy of the final order, if any.
Ms. Laster practices in Dalla
Usually, members of the general public can only view limited information online regarding court proceedings through the local district court's website. If you really want to know, simply go down to the district clerk's office and look up the case. Most district clerks have computers available to the general public for this purpose. You can also order an official or unofficial copy of the decree. Keep in mind that the decree is not valid until signed by a court even if both parties have signed it. There could be something preventing the court from signing the order, like insufficient terms in the order or missing documents that should be filed with the order (like the vital statistics form).
As far as the name change, a lot of people decide not to change their name back to their maiden name. Some do not want to go through the trouble of getting a new driver's license and so on, or they want their name to continue to match their children's last names...or they want to maintain their current last name due to career building or work related name recognition... there's no requirement to return to a maiden name so it's strictly personal preference.
This answer does not constitute legal advice. An attorney should be consulted to provide legal advice to your specific situation based on a fuller understanding of the facts.
WALK AWAY from her until you know. This kind of thing should send up all kinds of red flags. BTW TX does not have "separation". You are either married or not. If the divorce was not finalized, she is still married.
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