Can I completely change my name in a divorce in Nebraska?

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Can I completely change my name in a divorce in Nebraska?

I’m getting divorced and don’t want to restore my maiden name but instead
adopt a completely new name, changing my middle and last name. Can I
include that in the divorce proceedings, or will I have to petition the court
later? This is an uncontested divorce with no children from a short four-year
marriage. My husband and I have agreed to file pro se, but in the forms
provided by the state of Nebraska, the wording in the complaint for
dissolution of marriage says ‘Wherefore, I request the court… Restore to me
my former name of…’

Asked on October 10, 2016 under Family Law, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If it's a totally new name, not your maiden name, you have to change it legally through a separate process--the one for name changes generally as when any person chooses to change his/her name (e.g. an adult child deciding to sever ties with his/her family by taking a new name); it has nothing to do with your divorce, since you are not re-taking the name you had prior to marriage. You can get instructions on doing this from the clerk of the court.


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