Divorce & Annulment Story

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My name is Jillian, and I recently got divorced and got my maiden name back in the divorce decree. The divorce was in another state and as soon as I received the decree in the mail, I went to get my Arizona driver’s license with my new name. I was told that I had to go to the Social Security office first and change it there then come back after 24 hours to get my new driver’s license. So I went to the Social Security Office and waited on line outside for 1 ½ hours and then inside for another hour until my name was called. I had my current driver’s license with my married name, my social security card with my married name, my birth certificate with my maiden name and my certified copy of my divorce decree from the Texas court ordering my name changed back to my maiden name.

The social security office told me I could not change my name on my card and in their records because my divorce decree did not have my date of birth or social security number on it. She said I had to prove my identity with a recent picture ID in my maiden name or have an official document with both age and maiden name, like a driver’s license.  She said it was a new rule effective on 1/17/2006. She said I needed to get an affidavit of Divorce or name change from the Texas court. Well, I got a certificate of name change and it has my social security number but not my date of birth. I haven’t been back to the social security office yet because I cannot miss work to stand in line for several hours.  I hope I don’t get into trouble. I will never get married and change my name again.

by: Jillian R

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QUESTIONS

  • Why does one have to make a newspaper publication when filing for divorce?
  • Hello, I married my spouse about 1 year ago. We then PCSed to overseas. My wife found employment in a GS-8 job. Now she wants to live the single life- never comes home, parties all the time with others, and has had affairs with other men. I want to divorce her but she doesn't want to get a divorce because she wants to keep the GS job. Her job really likes her and is looking for a way to keep her here . Its I want nothing to do with her. My question- is there a law that protects service members from these predatory spouses that marry just for the preferential hiring for these GS jobs?
  • I am deploying to go to afghanistan. I want to file for divorce but am concerned that may not go in my favor at this time. Can my spouse file for a divorce legally? I am leaving in july. How long does a divorce take , can it be finalized w/o me being present? If we have our own vehicles, both names r on each, could it possibly be divided where I keep my truck? Thank u
  • I have filed for a legal separation and want to drop it, can this be done? I have filed the acceptance papers, and my husband has not responded yet. we are trying to work out our problems and not ready for a divorce. How do I go about rescinding the filing?
  • my spouse is filing for divorce and we have decided on the things that we agree on. however, I can't afford an attorney. Is it possible to get an attorney to review the agreement for me and how much would that cost?
  • Divorce decree states my ex is to pay half of a credit card bill either in monthly payments or half of the balance. He is not paying me or the credit card company. The only payments he made were during the time we still lived together. I deducted his half of the payment from my half of the monthly bills. How can I get the court to enforce what is on the decree? Also, I no longer reside in the state of Arizona and do not have money for an attorney. Thank you.
  • If a divorce petition was initiated and granted with the help of an attorney, do i need an attorney to repetition the courts for a change in my old decree which was filed in 1998.
  • My ex wife moved to another state with our children, she does not work, and I ssupport their household financially, however it is all considered child support as it is writen in the decree. I ensured the decree stated I could claim the children on my taxes so long as I am up-to-date with my payments. Due to the condition, there is a form she is required to sign. I am up-to-date but she refuses to sign. What are my options to enforce the decree?
  • I was a stay-at-home mom for the majority of my marriage. During that time I accrued some student loans. In our separation agreement we each agreed to pay half of that, and any other, debt. A lawyer I spoke with stated that I am eligible for alimony (we were married 9 years and I stayed home for 6 of them), but my spouse takes great exception to this. He believes that since I did not contribute, monetarily, I should not be entitled to alimony. What should my expectations be?
  • Me and my wife are separated and we have a little girl togther. She won't let me see her because I'm not with her any more.  I want a DNA test done so I can see my littile girl and a divorce. How I go about doing that?

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  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .
  • If you get a divorce, make sure your date of birth is on the Decree if your name is changing!. . .

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