If I have been using my ex's last name, do I need to go back to maiden name before I remarry and take a new name?
Question Details: I was divorced almost 2 years ago and the decree says I'll change back to my maiden name. My ex didn't care if I kept my married name for work reasons so I haven't changed it. Now I want to get married again and was planning on getting a marriage license in another state but am not sure if I can just go straight to my new last name or if I must revert back first.
You can go straight to a new last name. First, you can change Name A to Name C without having to go through Name B--legally any name can be changed to another. Second, the real purpose of the name-change provision in your decree was so you and your ex would not have the same name--that will be accomplished by taking your new spouse's name. So take his name without having to first go back to your maiden name, and congratulations.
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