In Louisiana, women can apply to have their name changed during divorce proceedings by including a Petition for Name Change in their divorce papers. Once a divorce has been finalized, women are permitted to begin using their maiden name, even without a court order. Having a court order only makes the process of updating their documentation easier.
In order for a man to revert to his original surname, however, he must obtain a court order separately from divorce court proceedings after the divorce is final.
Asking the court to go back to your maiden name during the divorce process is the fastest and easiest way.
To do this, you can request to keep your maiden name in:
- The original divorce filing,
- Your answer or reconventional demand, or
- At a hearing with the judge.