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When you get divorced, the family court judge can only restore a prior name that you had as part of the proceeding. The form only has a box for taking back a name you used to have, not for taking an entirely new name. However, you can file a Petition for Change of Name after your divorce is finalized and change your name to anything you like. It's more time consuming, and it costs more than taking your maiden name back, but it is something you're allowed to do.
If you're interested in doing that, the courts have more information available online, along with forms.
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