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

QUESTIONS

  • My Name is Rose Smith. I been married almost 7 years. my husband is becoming so aggressive is like he can be super nice next time his mad over nothing is he has custody of his 2 kids i help him raised them 7-9 but his never around. He said he wants me out of the house can he do that? i don't no what to do i don't work i just finish my school he says he work but we are always with no money kids needs blanks stuff or food he don't buy them please help with the money the we are getting from the taxes he says his not giving nothing.please help
  • How do I serve my wife with divorce papers.
  • My husband took money out of his gross wages. It is now in his IRA. Our CPA said that it is still partially mine, because he earned the money while we were married. Is my CPA correct?
  • Whats the differance between divorce and legal seperation
  • How do I file for divorce when domestic violence is cause for the divorce?
  • During the final divorce could I change my name back to my maiden name but also keep my married last name, Just hyphen it? EX: jane doe-smoe
  • if a person has had no contact with their spouse in 6 years are they considered legally seperated? What are seperation laws in Arizona?
  • My husband wants a Divorce and we have a boat that has His Name OR my name. Does the word OR make it community property? He says it was a gift to him and won't sell it. What does the word OR mean on the title? Is it community property?
  • MY X HAS NOT FOLLOWED OUR DECREE. WOULD LIKE TO TAKE HIM BACK TO COURT FOR CHANGES.
  • Is there any free legal help in AZ for stay home moms that have no income?

STORIES

  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .
  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • If you get a divorce, make sure your date of birth is on the Decree if your name is changing!. . .

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