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Resume Prior Surname
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If you filed your divorce complaint in Lehigh County, you may resume a prior surname (i.e. maiden name or surname used during a prior marriage) before or after the divorce decree is entered.

If you plan to file, but have not yet filed a Divorce Action in Lehigh County, you must do so in order to file the Notice to Resume Prior Surname.

In general, the Pennsylvania process of resuming a maiden name or surname used during a prior marriage is controlled by the Pennsylvania Statute, Divorcing and Divorced Person May Resume Prior Name, 54 Pa.C.S.A. § 704.

We recommend that you use the Resume Prior Surname Checklist.

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Divorce Filed in or Granted by the Court in Lehigh County

If you have already filed or already been granted a Divorce Decree and wish to resume a prior surname complete the following:

Section 1 - Form Preparation
Section 2 - Filing

You may file your Notice to Resume Prior Surname in person or by mail.

In Person
  • Take the following items to the Civil window at the Clerk of Judicial Records located in room 122 of Lehigh County Courthouse:
    • Completed, but unsigned, Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname form
    • Your Photo ID
    • Cash or Credit/Debit Card to cover Notary and certified copy fees; no personal checks will be accepted
  • Give paperwork to the Clerk
  • Follow instructions from the Clerk to have your Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname notarized and filed.
By Mail
  • Notarized Signature
    • Before Mailing you must get the Notice to Resume Prior Surname form notarized.
      • Take your completed, but unsigned, Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname form to a Notary Public to have your signature notarized.
      • Take your Photo ID.
      • Be prepared pay that Notary a fee.
  • Money Order
    • Obtain a money order made payable to Clerk of Judicial Records in the amount of $6.00 for your certified copy
  • Mail Preparation
    • Prepare one self-addressed stamped envelope for your certified copy that will be mailed to you by the Clerk of Judicial Records.
    • Prepare one envelope addressed to:
      • Clerk of Judicial Records - Civil
        455 West Hamilton Street
        Room 122
        Allentown, PA 18101-1614
  • Put the following items in envelope addressed to Clerk of Judicial Records:
    • Notarized Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname form
    • Self-address stamped envelope
    • Money Order
  • Place proper postage on envelope and mail, or mail at post office.
    Divorce Filed in or Granted by another County Court in Pennsylvania

    Please contact the Clerk or Prothonotary of the county in which the divorce action was filed or the decree of divorce was entered. You must file the resumption of prior name notice in the county where your divorce is pending or your Decree was entered. Some counties may provide forms.

    Divorce Decree Granted by a Court from a Different State
    Section 1 - Form Preparation
    • Complete the following form and print one (1) copy
      • Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname:
    Section 2 - Filing
    • Take the following items to the Civil window at the Clerk of Judicial Records located in room 122 of Lehigh County Courthouse:
      • Completed, but unsigned, Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname form
      • Certified Copy of the Divorce Decree from the other state
      • Your Photo ID
      • Cash or Credit/Debit Card to cover Notary and certified copy fees; no personal checks will be accepted
    • Give paperwork to the Clerk
    • Follow instructions from the Clerk to have your Lehigh County Notice to Resume Prior Surname notarized and filed.

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    The forms and instructions that are available from this website are not a substitute for professional legal advice. Court employees cannot give you legal advice or help you fill out /complete the forms. It is your responsibility to read and complete the forms and to take required steps to file and serve the documents. If you decide to use these forms in an actual action, be prepared to spend appropriate time gathering information, completing forms and following the Rules of Court. The Court assumes no responsibility for the use of these forms and accepts no liability for actions taken by using these documents, including reliance on the instructions and/or contents. To obtain legal advice and to insure the proper use of this material, you should contact a lawyer.

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