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

  • If a couple married for 14 years and live in the same house in case of divorce who owns the house if the house was bought before the marriage by one of the spouse?
  • MY X OR HUBBY DONT KNOW WHICH CAUSE HE WONT TELL ME IF HE DIVORCED ME 16 YRS AGO AND I DONT KNOW WHERE HE WAS LIVING TO FIND OUT. HE FIRST SAID WE WERE DIVORCED THEN HE SAID WE ARE NOT.
  • merry for 6 years, my wife is with some other person (cheating) she does not know i know yet, i have 2 kids 6 & 2, how can i start the divorce process, i want costudy of kids. im the only one that works for the last 6 years i need help.
  • In the event an annulment was granted does the the wife have the option to keep the husbands last name even if he requested she not keep it?
  • I am the Respondent. I received a "Notice of Resolution Management Conference." (b) says I must comply with all disclosure requirements. I found the Disclosure Statement, but I don't know if I file it with the court or bring it with me to the conference. In my Response paperwork, I thought I read that I do not file it. Thank you
  • I got married in Jacksonville, FL, but I have live in AZ for 3 years now. Can I get divorce in AZ? and how? No children, bebt or property together at all.
  • My husband and I are in the process of getting a divorce, am I able to purchase a house before the divorce is final?
  • I am a resident of AZ. My wife and I were married in AZ. My wife is a resident of Minnesota and has filed for divorce there. The laws of which state govern in the divorce settlement?
  • Our divorce was granted 09/26/06. As part of the agreement, I was supposed to pay my husband $35,000 to buy him out of a rental house we co-own with my parents. He refuses to take the money and I am at a loss as to what to do. He now says he wants the house, but has done nothing to procure financing to buy out me and my parents. Do I go to court and petition them to enforce the court order or do I sue him for non-compliance? The property agreement was "not-merged" and I have been advised to sue. How do I do that?
  • My husband filed for a divorce.  Do I have to file a response or can I just let it default after the 20 days if I agree with everything on the paperwork I was given in regards to the property he wants?

STORIES

  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .

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