My question involves a marriage in the state of: IN
So, I have a question. I had it written into my divorce that I would take back my previous name. The divorce was final today. Decree issued. I have had several people tell me I do not HAVE to change my name just because it says it there and that it won't be legally changed to my previous name until I go to the Social Security office to change it. Then I had someone tell me that having it in my decree makes it legally changed when the judge signs and I now HAVE to change it. Which is true?
The thing is i'm starting a new job and for several reasons I was hoping to wait to make the name change official. And thought about possibly not changing it back at all. But I was hoping to wait until November to change everything. So what is the case? Do I HAVE to change it now? If so, is there a timeframe in Indiana that I have to complete it? Is it legally changed back as of now by the decree? OR is it not legally changed until I go to the SS office? Can I choose to wait a couple of months to change it or not change it at all?
It was a simple divorce, agreed on, no kids, no joint debt, we filled the paperwork out ourselves, had it notorized and turned it in for the judge to sign. There are no issues between my ex husband and I'm just trying to understand the process here.
Last question- IF I have to change it right away, am I allowed to ammend it to say I don't want to change my name back?