Should I Change Back To My Maiden Name After Divorce? (Part 1)

A divorce brings about many changes, from residence and free time to parenting changes and new financial situations. There is no right or wrong decision to make when it comes to deciding if you should change your last name back to your maiden name after a divorce, but there are some factors to consider:

1. Make Sure You Can Change Your Name
The first and biggest thing to determine is that you divorce decree allows for you to change your name back after the divorce if you choose. Some people do not change their last name not because they don’t want to, but because their attorney’s did not assure that this would be an option available to them in their divorce agreement. At The Sampair Group, we will explain to you all of your options when it comes to your divorce decree and the different guidelines involved with it.

2. A New Name, A New Life
Changing your name back to your maiden name could be a symbol of a clean break and a new life. During your marriage, one of the many attachments you had to your spouse was sharing a name and constantly being associated with them. Changing your name back may give you the option to get back to living your own life, with your own name back. This could symbolize your independence and completely disconnect you from your ex through not just a name, but also legally, financially and emotionally.

3. Consider Your Children
If you had children as a result of your marriage, it is likely that they have their father’s last name, just as you do. Many people do not change their last name back to their maiden name after a divorce because they don’t want to have a different last name than their children. This shouldn’t necessarily be a deciding factor in your decision to change your name or not, but is definitely something that is considered.

Read more in Part 2

Changing your name after a divorce is your own personal decision. Surprise divorce attorneys at The Sampair Group will look at the circumstances of your case and your life to help you determine what would be the best decision for you. Contact us today at http://www.sampair.com/contact-us/ for a free consultation.