Follow the steps below if your divorce is final and was granted in California:
- Contact the court clerk in the county where the case was filed. Click to find your court's website and contact information
- Give the court clerk the case number, case name (names of the parties), and the date of the order/judgment/filing, if possible. Include a copy of your Notice of Entry of Judgment (Family Law — Uniform Parentage — Custody and Support) (Form FL-190), if possible.
- Complete an Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order (Family Law) (Form FL-395). Include a self-addressed, stamped, return envelope, if necessary.
Usually the court will be able to process your paperwork within 2 to 4 weeks. Ask the clerk at your local court for an estimate of how long it will take.
If you have any questions, contact the family law facilitator or a lawyer. The family law facilitator
may also be able to review your forms to make sure you filled them out properly.