Columbus, OH asked in Divorce for Indiana

Q: Question regarding the married name change after divorce.

I was married and divorced in Florida and i used my ex last name during the marriage but when we both were separated i didn't know that i need to ask for my maiden name back. Now i couldn't get my maiden name back as it is not mentioned in my divorce decree. Currently am living in Indiana from past 2 years and i asked FL attorney to help me with the name change, they declined as am living in Indiana for more than 2 years and told me that indiana judge able to do it. Few Indiana attorneys are giving me conflict information that i need to change my case jurisdiction from Florida to Indiana before they need to reopen the case and work on it. Can someone give me exact procedure that i need to follow in Indiana to get my maiden name back.

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William J Webster

Answered
  • Westfield, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Unfortunately, since you did not change your name in the Divorce Decree, you will need to Petition for a Name Change in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court has a "self service" section that has some online materials on how to file for a Name Change. I included the link below:

https://www.in.gov/judiciary/selfservice/2488.htm

After your review, if you have any additional questions or need further assistance, please contact my office at 317-565-1818.

-Will

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