Changing your name after divorce

Changing your name after divorce not sure: If you were asked by the Petitioner to change your name back to your maiden name at the time of the divorce, which was agreed on, signed, & finalized.  What happens if they catch you using their last name or if some of legal documents were never updated, such as: car insurance, driver's license, bank documents??  Is it illegal to still use the married last name?  And can the ex sue me or take me back to court to make me legally change my last name or stop me from using his last name????  What are the laws in AZ?
Re: Changing your name after divorce timetobefree: Let me make sure I got this right. You are divorced and during the divorce agreed to go back to your maiden name. Is that right? But your married name is still on some of your legal documents.

I don't think your ex can MAKE you change your last name at the time of a divorce. It is yours to do with as you please. However, since it sounds like you already agreed to it, I am not sure what happens now.

Here are a couple of sites I found that might help, although I couldn't find anything that referred to your situation exactly.

http://www.divorcestore.com/arizonalaw/

http://www.supreme.state.az.us/dr/Text/Divorce.htm

Hope this helps,

Amy
 Re: Changing your name after divorce not sure: Yes, I was asked to change my name during the signing of the divorce which I did sign off on & initialed.  But I haven't gotten around to changing some of my legal documents & I believe he got wind that I was still using his last name.. So I got to thinking, and scared if he could take me to court and force me to change the name.  I don't have the money but it was a request in the divorce.!@!@
 Re: Changing your name after divorce Dio: I doubt he can do anything, but Arizona a.k.a. pergatory, is a wierd place.
 Re: Changing your name after divorce tara: I don't think he has the right to take you to court and demand you use a certain name. It's not exactly a term of the divorce that affects him (like, say, a custody or support agreement would). You were entitled to keep his name after the divorce, if you wanted to. (I know of no state in which one would be FORCED to revert to a maiden name if requested by the ex. I know some states are weird when you have kids and WANT to change your name, but it doesn't work the other way. Then again -- caveat here -- as much as I wish applying to law school made me a lawyer, it didn't. So I don't know for sure.)

However, since your name is legally your maiden name, try to get those vital documents changed ASAP, just to save yourself aggravation later. I'm 9 months divorced and still finding stuff with my old name on it. (Yesterday: My purchase and warranty file at the car dealer, for a car I bought four years ago. They changed the name without a problem, but others -- especially government or financial institutitons -- will want proof, and unless you keep a copy of your divorce decree in your purse at all times, it can be a bit of a hassle.)

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Yes, I was asked to change my name during the signing of the divorce which I did sign off on & initialed.  But I haven't gotten around to changing some of my legal documents & I believe he got wind that I was still using his last name.. So I got to thinking, and scared if he could take me to court and force me to change the name.  I don't have the money but it was a request in the divorce.!@!@
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