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How To Retake Your Prior Name If You Are Divorcing

Posted by Ted Hoppe | Aug 12, 2021 | 1 Comment

If you changed your name to your spouse's last name when you were married, Pennsylvania law allows you to retake your prior surname if you are getting divorced. This can be done any time after the divorce action is filed. 54 Pa. C.S. §704. The process is pretty simple. You complete a form called a Notice of Intention to Resume Prior Surname.  This form has to be notarized. The completed form is filed with the Office of the Prothonotary or Clerk where the divorce action was filed. Be sure to get a time stamped copy of the form. You can then use the filed copy of the form to have your name changed on your driver's license and anywhere else that has your married name that you are seeking to change. Tip - some places may require a certified copy of the form. When you file the form with the Court, ask for a certified copy. You can then make additional copies as needed. 

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Ted Hoppe

Hi, my name is Ted Hoppe and I have been an attorney in Pennsylvania for more than 30 years. One of the things I enjoy best about being an attorney is meeting and getting to know the clients who come to my office. I have been privileged to build long-term relationships with many of these clients and am honored that they come back to me for advice when legal issues arise in their lives. Many of them have also referred their families and friends to me for legal services which, frankly, is the best thanks an attorney can get.


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Posted Apr 30, 2022 at 01:16:18

Thank you for sharing …. very useful information.

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