How to change back to maiden name while still married?

posted 2 weeks ago in Married Life
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021

It’s different depending on where you live, but I don’t see why it would be especially difficult! In most places (at least in the United States), anyone can change their first or last name anytime, although it does sometimes require more steps or court involvement in some states than in others. I would just look up the laws according to your state or whatever it is you live. That information is usually readily available online. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

It’s not hard. As PP suggested, find out the steps for the state where you live. Don’t waste time so you can be sure it’s changed before your professional paperwork is due.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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@jdun17:  I believe you need to go to court and petition to change your name, but it really depends on your state. If that is the route you have to take it should be pretty easy. I changed my middle name when I took my husbands last name, some states don’t require this but mine required going to court and petitioning for my name change. I spent a couple hours waiting in court, got the approval, changed it with SS and the DMV and that was it. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee

When you google, stop searching under the terms “maiden name” or “married”.

What name you want to use (i.e. maiden) and your marital status are irrelevant to your question.  Most states make it easier and let you change your name for free when it is conjunction with marriage.  When its not…its just a plain old name change.  Just google “how to change name” along with your state and maybe the word court and you should get your state court website with instructions how to do it.  In my state it is a petition with filing fee and you have to submit to a background check (to prove the name change isn’t to evade crime or debts) and then you get a court date and have to bring two witnesses.  Ymmv depending in your location.

 

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

If you are in the US check into using a DBA “Doing Business As” filing to operate professionally under your maiden name without having to legally change your name. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee

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@jdun17:  no problem! Changing your name, for whatever reason, isn’t usually that hard. I would call your local courthouse (go to their website and find the section on name changes) and ask about it, but it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. It sucked waiting Around at the courthouse, I sat through like 50 traffic violation hearings, but it was really only a couple of hours- just plan to spend the day dealing with it. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee

So I had to do this temporarily, long story, and changing to a previous name with the SS office is super easy. I called them, and all they needed was my birth certificate and marriage license. Then once your SS is changed, you can change everything else again.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

You don’t need to “change” your name. Marriage only affords you the right to assume use of your husbands surname. It’s not a change of name. You can revert to using your maiden name anytime with your id and certificate. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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@bctoquebec:  The rules are very different in the U.S. than they are in Canada. Since she legally changed her name when she got married, she will need to do another legal name change to go back to using her maiden name. 

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper

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@hotdoglover:  Not necessarily though not for the same reason. It may vary by state but I’ve known several people who used a DBA filing (no court appearance, no visits to SS or changing driver’s license, etc.) to professionally operate under their maiden names while continuing to live their lives under their new married names.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - Eden Project, Cornwall, United Kingdom

In the UK you just need to order a deed poll and sign it in front of a witness who is not related to you and live in a different address. (However it is a lot more complicated if you have dual nationalities which was my case.) Not sure about the US though.

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