Many people change their names when they get married, but should they change them back if they file for divorce? This decision is one that should be taken very seriously, as it affects every individual differently. One of the best ways to determine if a post-divorce name change makes sense is to weigh the pros and cons before having a discussion with a knowledgeable family law attorney.
One of the biggest reasons that divorcing parties go back to a former name is because it allows them to completely detach from the marriage. Although this is more emotional than anything else, it can be very important. They may see the divorce as an opportunity to return to the person they were before the marriage, which can evoke feelings of excitement and freedom.
This also presents the opportunity to come up with an entirely new identity and start over. For certain divorcing parties, taking on a new surname allows them to reinvent who they want to be, and to put a unique face to the public. Certain divorcing parties may have married into families that share local, national, or even international notoriety. Getting away from a last name that might be associated with trouble can be a huge relief.
Parents with children may want to keep their last name to make sure they have the same name as their children. Otherwise, they may be asked to provide documentation of their relationship with a child if they need to travel or make decisions. Not only is this a hassle, but it can make the divorced party feel like they have less authority as a parent.
Many people choose not to change their name due to business situations. For instance, a female entrepreneur may have started a business using her married name. As the company becomes successful, although she is now going through a divorce, she cannot afford to completely rebrand her organization for fear of losing its good reputation. Therefore, keeping her last name can make more sense than altering her business image.
Changing a last name can be a bit of a troublesome process. For people who want a smooth divorce, or who are divorcing amicably, keeping the last name may make more sense. Certainly, changing the last name involves paperwork, effort, and time to get a replacement social security card, driver’s license, passport, or other form of legal identification.
No one can force someone to switch to a different surname, even in a contentious divorce. However, some divorcing parties like to go back to a former last name or take on a completely new one. If you are in this situation, an Monmouth County divorce lawyer at Fox & Melofchik, L.L.C. can help you with your decision. Call us today at 732-493-9400 or fill out an online form to arrange a free consultation.
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