Simply put, yes you can. The divorce process is one time where you do not need to file a separate case for change of name or go through the normal Court requirements to change your name. In Missouri, the divorce judgment form that is generally used has a provision on the last page that asks if the wife will be returning to her maiden name. If you would like to return to a prior last name, you must fill that provision out. Once the Judge signs off on the divorce judgment, then your name is officially changed back?
If you have hired an attorney for your divorce then make sure that attorney knows you would like to return to your maiden name and that he or she has the proper spelling of your maiden name.
How Do I Actually Change My Name After the Divorce?
Once the divorce has been finalized then you will receive a copy of your divorce papers and 30 days after your divorce you will receive a certified copy of your divorce papers. These copies can be used to change your name. Take the divorce papers with you to whatever agency you are trying to change your name at. For example, if you want to change your driver’s license, then take a certified copy of your divorce papers to the local DMV. Remember to change your driver’s license, passport, green card, credit cards, health insurance, memberships and any accounts for any major assets and debts that you have.