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NAME CHANGE DURING A PRO SE DIVORCE IN NEW JERSEY

There are several ways to reclaim the use of a maiden name after a New Jersey divorce.

The fastest and easiest way to resume the use of a maiden name is to include a request to do so in the initial divorce Complaint, or, if the husband is the person who filed for divorce, in the counterclaim. [NJ Rev Stat ยง 2A:34-21 (2013)]. When doing your own divorce in New Jersey, the easiest and least expensive way to restore a maiden name is to do it as part of the divorce filing.

Generally, as long as a spouse is not changing his or her name to commit fraud, for example to avoid creditors, the court approves the request. It must be a prior name if not is going to be done as part of the divorce process.

A spouse may use her maiden name in her personal life at any time before the New Jersey family court enters the Final Judgment of Divorce. However, government entities, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, will only recognize a name as it appears on a driverโ€™s license. In order to use a maiden or former name with government entities, the spouse needs to provide the government agency with the court order permitting the name change.

A spouse can keep his or her married name. There is nothing in the law compelling a spouse to change his or her name.

Sometimes after divorce, custodial parents wish to change the childโ€™s last name as well, which is much more difficult than changing a parentโ€™s name as part of the divorce. Additionally, it cannot be done during the divorce process in the same way a parent can change her name.

To change a childโ€™s last name, the parent needs to notify the childโ€™s other parent. If the other parent does not consent, then the court, after the filing of the appropriate application, can make a finding that the name change is or is not in the childโ€™s best interests.

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