One of the most common questions we receive from our clients is what are the steps to changing your name after a divorce in Texas. There are various reasons women want to change their last names after divorce. Some women want to start fresh, while others prefer their maiden names to married ones. Nevertheless, changing your name can be an excellent first step toward the next phase in your life. Our Texas divorce attorneys answer common questions and walk you through the steps to changing your name after a divorce in Texas.
How easy is it to change my name after a divorce in Texas?
In Texas, it is relatively easy to change your name after a divorce. Your Texas divorce attorney should ask you as you finalize your divorce if you would like to change your name to either your maiden name or a completely different name so that your attorney can include this request in your paperwork.
Your name change must meet specific requirements, including that you are not a convicted felon. In addition, the judge will approve or deny your name change request, spousal support requests, child custody agreement, and property division. All of this will be included in your divorce decree.
Why would a judge deny my name change?
To receive approval for your name change, you must meet specific requirements in Texas. These requirements are as follows;
- Not requesting a name change to avoid bankruptcy or trying to make it difficult for creditors to find you.
- You don’t have a warrant out for your arrest.
- You are not a convicted felon.
- You have not had to register as a sex offender.
If any of the above applies to you, your Texas divorce attorney would be able to give you advice on what you can do to get your name approved.
How much does it cost to change your name in Texas?
The cost to change your name varies from county to county, so it’s best to check the website for the county where you reside. However, typical fees include the following;
- A filing fee
- Processing fee
You can estimate the cost would be between $150-$300.
Can I change my name after my divorce is finalized?
Yes, you can decide to change your name after your divorce has been finalized. To do so, you must first file an Original Petition for Change of Name in your county and pay for all filing fees. Then, you will have to schedule a hearing and appear in court. A judge will need to approve your request through a court order.
Can I change my child’s name before or after my divorce in Texas?
Yes, you can request to change your child’s name before your divorce is finalized in Texas. You would include the request in your divorce paperwork when requesting your child’s name change. If the name change is approved, it will be included in the divorce decree.
If you decide to change your child’s name after your divorce has been finalized, you would file a Petition to Change the Name of a Child, pay your filing fees, and request a hearing to appear before a judge.
What are the steps to changing my name in Texas?
When changing your name before or after a divorce in Texas, you need to follow these steps.
- Along with your Texas divorce attorney, request a name change for either yourself, your child, or both in your finalized divorce paperwork. Your approved name changes will be included in your divorce decree.
- After your divorce is final, file an Original Petition for Change of Name in your county and pay for all filing fees.
- Request a new driver’s license. You can use your divorce decree, your certification of name change, or a certified copy of the Order Granting Name Change.
- Request a new social security card with your new name.
- Start changing your name on all essential documents, including;
- Your banking documents
- Credit cards
- Mailing address
- Your current employer records
- Medical insurance
- Investment portfolios
- Your social media profiles
- Email address
Why you should hire a Texas divorce attorney
It is essential that you choose a divorce attorney in Texas that will help you navigate your divorce and the terms of your divorce so that you receive the best possible outcome.
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