My lawyer was horrible, I paid him the retainer he never showed up to court took forever on the paperwork and forgot to include the part where I wanted my maiden name back in the final decree. Do I need to file a separate thing for a name change or will the social security office accept the decree without the clause and let me change it back?
Your lawyer might be able to get the divorce judgment amended nunc pro tunc (it is a way of correcting clerical errors in judgments). Otherwise you would need to file a separate petition for name change
You will have to file a Petition for Change of Name which, unfortunately, will cost a considerable amount. If the judgment was entered less than 30 days ago, you may be able to address it by filing a Motion to Amend Judgment. You will need a court order to change your name officially. Social Security will not change your name based on a Decree of Dissolution that does not provide for a change of name.
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