Can you change surname before divorce?
If you haven't got a copy of one of the required documents, or you haven't yet received your decree absolute, then you can change your name by deed poll — you don't have to wait until your divorce is finalised.
How hard is it to change your last name after a divorce?
The process varies by jurisdiction, but in most states, it's pretty easy to request the divorce court judge to enter a formal order changing your name after divorce. If your divorce is finalized and contains a court order regarding your name change, that serves as an official record of your name change.
Can I revert to my maiden name?
All you need to revert your ID and bank accounts back to your maiden name after you divorce is your decree absolute and your marriage certificate. Alternatively, you can change your name by deed poll and present this document instead.
Can a divorced woman still use her married name?
If you are going to keep your married name, you need to say so in the divorce decree. There will be a question that asks if you would like to retain your married name, or be known by your maiden (or former) name. It is your legal right to keep your married name, even after your husband has moved on.