WVC 48 - 5 - 613
§48-5-613. Former name of party; restoration.
The court, upon ordering a divorce, shall if requested to do
so by either party, allow such party to resume the name used prior
to his or her marriage without the necessity of filing a separate
petition pursuant to section one hundred one, article twenty-five,
chapter forty-eight of this code. If a name change is requested,
the court shall also issue a certificate of divorce reflecting that
change in name. The certificate shall be no longer than one page.
For purpose of confidentiality, the certificate shall not be
considered an order. The certificate shall include the style of the
divorce case, the name on the birth certificate of the party
requesting the name change, that party's date of birth, that
party's social security number, the date on which the name change
is effective, and the new name of that party. In order to be
valid, the certificate shall be certified by a clerk of the court.
The certified certificate may be used by that person for all lawful
purposes, including as a proof of legal name change for driver
licensing purposes or state identification card at the Division of
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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