Can I use my maiden name before my divorce is final?

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Can I use my maiden name before my divorce is final?

I am getting a divorce after 10 years. I never changed my social security card it still has my maiden name. I am a teacher and would like to begin the year using my maiden name instead of changing it in a couple of months. Since my social security card has my maiden name, can I start using it legally?

Asked on August 8, 2012 under Family Law, Louisiana

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The general rule is that you can use any name as long as your usse of the name is with out an intent to defraud other people.  It does not seem that you intend to defraud any one here and I am sure that your agreement allows you to take back your name.  I would not sign any legal documents as of yet though.  Good luck.


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