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Good morning. It would be something that needs to be done during the proceedings and ordered by the Judge, when the decree is final. If you are getting divorced, there is a box on the divorce petition that you can check to resume your former name or a former married name. If you are not sure you want to resume a former name when you file for divorce, you can file a motion to change your name before the conclusion of your divorce case. If you did not check this box, then you can always file a motion, advising the Judge of your desire and it can be done.
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