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Change Your Name After Divorce

Westlake Village Family Law Attorney

Are you looking to change your name after your divorce? This is a reasonable want, and certainly not uncommon. Some of us do not often think about until after the divorce has been finalized. It is a very personal decision. It can provide instant gratification. The very act becomes a symbol of closing one chapter and beginning a new one or simply distancing themselves from their past lives.

I, Attorney Jeffrey S. Graff, am a Westlake Village divorce lawyer, and I know the ins and outs of the laws. As a former Judge Pro Tem with more than 35 years of legal experience in California family law, I can advise you on how to approach the matter and set you up for future success.

Feel free to schedule a free appointment with me at any time!

What Is Needed for a Name Change?

Have you already decided that you wish to change your name? Filing for a name change is easiest when it is included in the terms of your divorce. There should be some paperwork included in the filing forms, with an option to choose your name to be changed.

You would then show the courts the following documents:

  • Identification (driver’s license, state ID, or passport)
  • Proof of your date of birth (birth certificate, hospital records, adoption records)
  • A certified copy of your divorce papers

Your divorce decree will act as the official, legal proof that you have requested a name change. If you did not include this in your divorce decree, then your other option is to file a form with the California County Clerk’s office. The next steps would be to notify the Social Security Office as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles that you have made this name change. If you are also looking to change your children’s names after your divorce, I can help you.

Petitioning for a Name Change? Call (805) 633-4999!

As a Westlake family law attorney, I know that the thought of going through all of these legal procedures can be overwhelming. There are so many steps to take and paperwork to get through. Not to worry, though, because I know exactly what to anticipate. In a time of so much change, when everything feels so confusing and overwhelming, you should have all the support you can get.

Contact the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Graff today for a free consultation.

Hear it From Our
Happy Clients

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me.

    “In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me. Patient with my process, he was always prompt to return my calls, and gave me realistic advice. While other lawyers might be evasive in an effort to prolong the process (hence their fees), Mr. Graff was straightforward and eager to conclude the proceedings quickly in an effort to minimize my pain.”

    Melissa

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

    Paul