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NAME CHANGE DURING A PRO SE DIVORCE IN ILLINOIS

Illinois has made it easier for divorcing spouses to change their name when filing their own divorce without a lawyer. Instead of forcing a divorcing spouse to file a separate chancery action for a legal name change, an amendment to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) mandates that Judgments of Dissolution of Marriages contain a provision authorizing the person to resume the use of their former name should they choose to do so, and at any time. The amendment changes 750 ILCS 5/413 by changing subsection (c) as follows: โ€œ(c) Unless the person whose marriage is dissolved or declared invalid requests otherwise, the judgment under this Section shall contain a provision authorizing the person to resume the use of his or her former or maiden name, should he or she choose to do so, at any time he or she chooses to do so.โ€ The action also deletes this sentence: โ€œUpon request by a wife whose marriage is dissolved or declared invalid, the court shall order her maiden name or a former name restored.โ€

The new verbiage is also gender-neutral, mentioning both "previous" and "maiden" names. "Wife" is replaced with "person," which takes into account both same-sex marriage and situations where a husband takes his wife's name.

Changing a name means an updated Social Security card, which requires a certified copy of the judgment. This must be done in person. In Cook County, a party must go in person to a Social Security office. He or she must bring, in addition to the certified judgment, a driverโ€™s license or state ID; proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a passport or birth certificate); and an application for a new Social Security card.

In Illinois, name change requires a corrected license or state ID, which can be had at any Secretary of State facility that issues licenses and state ID cards.

With the certified Judgment, the new Social Security card and driverโ€™s license or state ID card, a newly divorced spouse can update his or her name on any other accounts (i.e. bank accounts or credit cards) or identifying documents. He or she must contact each institution separately for their procedures and required documentation.

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