After a divorce, you can change your name back to your maiden name or to the name you used before marriage if:
- You requested your maiden name in your divorce petition; and
- A judge granted your request in the divorce judgment.
Most agencies, like the Illinois Secretary of State, will need a certified copy of your divorce judgment to change your name. To get a certified copy, contact the circuit clerk where your divorce judgment is filed. There is usually a fee for getting a certified copy.