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One would file a Petition for Name Change in the state of CA, since the state of current residency has jurisdiction over the process. In the reasoning for the name change, one can reference the out of state divorce proceeding (and it is helpful to attach a certified copy of the decree). The judge will typically permit adult name changes so long as they are not being requested to defraud third parties (ie creditors).
It does require an actual appearance by the person requesting the name change; it appears the fee is approximately $435 for filing the petition.
** some courts will allow for telephonic appearance but that varies based on the local judge.
If applicable, fee waiver for low income parties: http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-feewaiver.htm
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