What do I do if I want to change back to my maiden name but can not since I can't get a divorce due to my marriage having been voided?
Question Details: So I got married 16 years ago; we separated but never finalized the divorce. He told me that we did but I found out later we didn't. Years passed and I got married again about 12 years ago. Anyhow, when we went to court for divorce, he brought up my previous marriage. The judge then said well since I was still married to my first husband, he couldn't grant a divorce because my second "husband" and I weren't married. My SSN and license all say my "married name but the DMV wants me to get my SSN in my maiden name but the social security office wants a divorce decree.
In such a situation, you can (and should) file for an annullment. This will not only enable you to change back to your maiden name, it will also clear up an future legal confusion/consequences that may have resulted from your "second marriage".
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