You can change your name as part of your divorce if:
- Your divorce case is in California
- You are going back to a former legal name (like your birth name)
You can do this when you finish your divorce (when you finish your divorce) or even years after your divorce was final (after your divorce).
If you don't want to go back to a former name: You will need to start a name change case. You can only go back to a former name in a divorce case.
Once the judge signs your form FL-395 or FL-180, you may want to get a certified copy to use to update your IDs.
Many government agencies (like the Social Security Administration or Department of Motor Vehicles) will ask for a certified copy to change your name in their records.
If you do need a certified copy, ask the court clerk to certify a copy for you. Depending on how many legal ID documents you want to update, you can ask for more than one certified copy.
The current fee is $40 fee for a certified copy. If you cannot afford the fee, you can request a fee waiver.
Learn how to contact each agency where you might need to update your records