Post Divorce Name Change Q&A
What’s In a Name Change?
If you’ve recently gone through—or are in the process of—divorce the question as to the future of your current last name may have popped into mind.
Q: Can I go back to my maiden name after my divorce?
A: Yes. Whether you go by your married name or your maiden name, your name is just as individual as you are. Changing your name is merely a personal decision only you can make. Your spouse (or soon to be ex-spouse) has no standing to even ask that your keep your name.
Q: Can my husband make me change my name after my divorce?
A: No. If you wish to keep your married name after divorce, that is a personal decision only you can make. Your ex-spouse has no standing to require you to change your name.
***Interesting and fun fact: When Tina Turner divorced from Ike Turner, she had made her self famous with the name Turner and the name was so individual and well known to her fans that it was her preference to remain Tina Turner.***
Q: What are some of the benefits of staying with your married name, post-divorce?
A: One not so obvious benefit of keeping your ex-spouses’ last name is that it can help promote a perceived sense of stability by keeping the family’s identity and a sense of connection. This is especially important when considering young ones.
Q: What are some of the benefits of ditching your married name, post-divorce?
A: If you don’t have any young children involved, leaving your last name in favor of your maiden one can really help boost a sense of independence and a sense of liberation from less than ideal conditions.
Q: What are some practical things to know about changing your last name, post-divorce?
A: Check out what our resident expert, and click here for additional information on changing your name .