Name Change After Divorce

In Alabama, the easiest way to return to a maiden or former name after a divorce is to make sure that the Divorce Decree contains the language that states you will be doing a name change.  If the divorce decree contains that order, that is the documentation you will need to make the name change.  You will need a “court stamped” copy of the order as proof of the name change.  In some cases, you may be asked for a “certified” copy of the Divorce Decree which you can obtain from the court clerk.  Once you present this official document, you can use it to have your name changed on your identification and personal records.

In the event, your divorce decree does not contain an order noting that you are restoring your former name, check with an attorney to see if the decree can be modified to include language restoring your former name.  Furthermore, you may still be able to change your name without the stipulation on your divorce decree, especially if you have verification of that name, such as a birth certificate or passport.

This website provides valuable information on changing your name and the costs to do so.

Simply asking your attorney for help with your name change will let them know that this is something you wish to do. If you are filing for divorce in Huntsville and the other party in your case needs to do a name change, let your attorney know so that the proper documents can be filed with the court.

If you have already gone through a divorce and wish to get your former name restored, contact Huntsville divorce attorney Charlotte Christian in order to get this taken care of for you. We would be happy to assist you in going forward with a name change or other modification to the divorce decree. Contact us at (256) 776-7015 for more information on getting your name changed through the court.

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    Charlotte Christian, Esq. is a family and divorce lawyer and founder of Charlotte Christian Law. Born and raised in the Yellowhammer State she still calls home, Charlotte is committed to helping those who experienced loss overcome their hardships and build a new life, stronger and more resilient than they were before. No stranger to trauma herself, including enduring the sudden losses of her father while a young child and husband after 10 years of marriage, Charlotte knows what it means practically and legally to put the pieces in place to create a future filled with security, hope, and opportunity, and find happiness once again. An avid sports fan, you can find Charlotte supporting SEC Athletics.