Saint Johns, FL asked in Divorce for Florida

Q: I was divorced in 2011 and at that time I decided to have my maiden name restored.

On the first page of The Final Judgement on line #7 it says "The wife's former name of () is restored".

Does that mean my name was officially changed at that time? Was I supposed to do anything else to complete the name change in the state of Florida? The reason I'm asking is because I saw that when a person changes their name they must publish the name change in the local newspaper. However, I didn't know that and I did not publish my name in the local paper.

Conversely when I got married in 1996 and took my husband's last name was I also supposed to do the same thing by publishing the name change in the paper. If memory serves I changed my name with the Social Security Administration and the Department of Motor Vehicles but I don't remember what documents were required to do so.

Thank you for your time.

Ms Jennings

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Thank you for a very interesting question.

Proceedings for change of name are governed by Florida Statute 68.07. That statute in full can be found here:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0000-0099/0068/Sections/0068.07.html

The statutes pertaining to dissolution of marriage are found here:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0061/0061.html

I see nothing in those statutes which requires publication of the name change in a newspaper. So yes, in my opinion your name changes are good.

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