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

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  • I own my home as sole and separate property and I am filing for divorce. My husband refuses to leave. What can I do?
  • My wife and I are separated and will file for divorce. She is refusing to let me see my girls who are 9 & 11. I am a good dad who does not do anything illegal, never committed domestic violence or other crime. Up to this point, I have raised and cared for my girls with the most love. It is killing me not to be able to see them. Can she keep them from me? What can be done until the divorce papers are filed? What are my rights?
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  • I am in the process of a divorce and will be moving back to my home state. As part of the divorce, our house will have to be sold. Do I have to continue living in AZ once the divorce if finalized or can I move back to my home state?
  • what if husband lives in another state and i wish to obtain divorce?
  • I am legally divorced, I was a stay at home mom. I have just started working pt, but do not have enough money to get a lawyer. Will his income be counted as mine, even though I have no access to it. I'm wondering if I qualify for free legal assistance. We are not agreeing on custody.

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