The Huffington Post today reported that Jennifer Lopez is formally requesting
to restore her legal name from “Jennifer Muniz” to “Jennifer
Lopez” in her pending divorce from singer Marc Anthony. Apparently,
“Muniz” is Mr. Anthony’s legal birth name. If you have filed for
divorce in Los Angeles, or if you are thinking about dissolving your marriage,
then you may also be wondering if you can request to change your name
at the time you file for divorce from your spouse? Or, what about during
the divorce process, or even after your judgment has been entered?
California permits a husband or wife to change their name at the time they
file their petition for dissolution of marriage (divorce) or nullity proceeding.
The judgment for marital dissolution can order that either spouse have
their former name restored, under California Family Code Section 2080.
In the event that you forgot to make this request at the time you filed
for divorce, please note that a spouse can also request to restore their
former name at any time before entry of a dissolution (or nullity) judgment.
Therefore, if you forget to include the request in your initial pleadings
or divorce documents, then you can make the request before entry of the judgment.
In addition, even if you already obtained the judgment dissolving your
marriage, you can file a post-judgment ex parte application to restore
your former name. You will find reference to this in California Family
Code Section(s) 2080, 2082). To restore your name post-judgment, you prepare
Judicial Council Form FL-395. There are no filing fees to file this form.
If you need help with your divorce or legal separation, or if you need
assistance preparing a post-judgment Ex Parte Application For Restoration
Of Former Name, then
contact one of the Los Angeles divorce attorneys from Castellanos & Associates, APLC today. Our attorneys provide a
free initial consultation and you can request to meet with one of us for
a case evaluation at (323) 655-2105. Don’t hesitate! Give us a call
today. We look forward to helping you.
The Huffington Post, By Cava Sleczkowski, Posted 12/06/2013, article entitled,
Jennifer Lopez Requests Name Change In Divorce Documents.”