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Is changing your name after divorce a good idea?

Of course, when a couple decides to end their marriage they will have to make many important decisions. Almost everyone in the Clinton Township area realizes that they will have to deal with spousal support, property distribution and child custody if they have children. However, there are some other important things to consider that might not get as much attention, but still need to be addressed. For example, what’s in a name?

For many women, life after divorce means changing their last name. Although some women might not even give it a second thought, there are some things to consider. For example, there are several changes and adjustments that a woman will have to deal with when she does change her name after divorce, including what name to choose. Many women go back to their maiden name, but some decide to choose a completely different last name.

One very important thing to consider is how others will respond to the change, including family members. If a woman decides to change her children’s last name, too, that can be complicated. With a name change, a woman will have to be prepared to inform schools, banks, and medical professionals, insurance companies, the post office and possibly many others. This is also applicable if she decides to change her children’s name.

The bottom line is that there is a lot to think about when considering whether or not you want to change your last name after divorce. Meantime, if you need help with any aspect of divorce, then you might want to contact an experienced family law attorney.

Source: Huffington Post, “Should you drop your ex's last name after divorce? 5 things to consider,” Lenore Skomal, July 27, 2014.

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