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

  • I currently am legally seperated, what do I do now to get a divorce?
  • Is Arizona a common-law marriage state? If two seniors have been living together for more than ten years without being married and one passes away, will the living senior be responsible for the debts of the deceased.
  • 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?
  • My wife and I have been separated for 8 months after being married for 33 years; she is using illegal drugs and drinking and driving. Is there a way to protect myself from liability, without filling for divorce?
  • I am getting a divorce. How long must I be in Arizona before I am considered a resident?
  • My wife filed for a divorce and we still have intercourse are the papers still valid
  • Legal separation instead of divorce. If my spouse and I get a legal separation, will she be entitled to my City of Phoenix police pension I die?
  • I want to get a divorce.  I married my wife several years ago.  After we were married, I found out that our marriage ceremony occurred before my wife had legally divorced her previous husband.  Is my  marriage to my wife legal?  Do I need a divorce or annulment?
  • If I have not live or been supported by ex-husband who has been living domestically with another woman for over 20 years, does it help in my filing for divorce so I can proceed forward with another man?
  • I have three kids and my husband filed for divorce in Iowa...I moved to Arizona two weeks ago and I was wondering if I have to get a lawyer from Iowa or can I have a lawyer from Arizona...and does anyone know of how I would be able to get a lawyer for free because I am a single mother and can't afford a lawyer.

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