Wendy K. Tse, a family lawyer in Long Beach, California, shares how you can change your name back to your maiden name after divorce.
How do I change my name back to my maiden name in California?
Changing your name back to your maiden name is a simple process in a dissolution of marriage. On the Judicial Council Judgment Judicial Council form (FL-180), there is a provision allowing your former name to be restored. You type in your maiden name exactly as you would like it, and once the Judgment is entered by the Court, your name is effectively changed as the Judgment is a formal order of the Court.
Wendy K. Tse has exclusively practiced family law since 1998, with extensive experience in matters pertaining to California divorce, contested custody disputes, child support, and spousal support, among others. She is a member of the Los Angelos County Bar and Orange County Bar Associations and is a part of the Brandmeyer, Gilligan & Dockstader law firm team.