Q: I’m wondering if my husbands ex wife still has his last according from their divorce decree
My husband has an ex wife and on a page of their divorce decree it says “ if applicable her name should be restored to her former name” but then at the bottom page it say “ if applicable her former name is restored” does that mean she changed it back to her maiden name or does she still have my husbands last name?
A: Sometimes you will see a divorce decree that gives the wife the ability to restore her maiden name. In such a case, the wife after the divorce has the option to use the decree to have her named changed back to her maiden name. If she doesn't do so within a relatively short period of time (months), she would likely need to go forward with a name change action in order for her to change her driver's license and other government documents back to her maiden name. In this situation, the ex-wife would legally retain the married name unless she takes the affirmative actions like changing her driver's license and social security card back to her maiden name within a short period of time.
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