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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.

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    “I am a battered woman. Jeffrey saw this when I walked in a year ago to hire him to get a divorce. I was not ready. I thought I could save my 27yr marriage. He knew I would be back when I was ready. He never pushed me to follow through, he waited for me to make to be ready for the long haul. I finally did it! I got tired of being abused in so many ways. Jeffery is a very patient man. I know he will take care of me!!!!! So far so good. I know he is going to keep me in my house for now or ever. He was honest and said we may have to sell but I know the job will get done in my best interest!”

    Former Client

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    Dianne R.

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    “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

  • 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