Mahaffey & Associates, LLC
Call For A Free Consultation 888-422-6894
Email Us
Menu

Should you take back your maiden name after your divorce?

Women who took their husband's last name at marriage are often faced with a difficult question during the already difficult time of divorce: Do they or don't they change back to their maiden name (or a previous married name) after the divorce?

The right answer is going to vary depending on how you feel and your circumstances. Here are all of the things that you need to consider:

  1. Is your professional reputation tied to your married name? How hard would it be to rebuild? For some women, including the famous singer Tina Turner, keeping a married name is essential to keeping a certain professional identity.
  2. Do you and your spouse have minor children together? Will it trouble you (or them) emotionally to have different last names? For some families, this isn't an issue. For others, it's a huge one.
  3. How long was your marriage? If it was brief, you may still have a significant bond with your name prior to the marriage whether it was from birth or a different marriage. If it was long, you may have a strong personal identity with the name you carry now.
  4. How badly does the name make you feel? If the marriage was particularly wretched, shedding your spouse's last name could be symbolic of leaving behind the misery of your married life together.
  5. How much do you like the name? How much do you like any of your previous names? No one has any right to judge you if you hate your maiden name or your previous married name and like the one you have now better. The same goes if you hate the one you have and only took it out of convention. Change it back if it makes you happier.
  6. Is it worth the hassle? Think back to when you got married and everything you had to update: Social Security cards, bank accounts, utilities, credit cards and magazine subscriptions. If you don't want to bother, you don't have to bother.

If you decide that you want the option of returning to either your maiden name or a previous married name, make sure that you tell your divorce attorney to include it in your filings. Otherwise, you'll have to file name change paperwork as a separate motion. That's an additional hassle you really don't need.

Source: HuffPost, "Should You Change Your Name Back After Divorce?," Jackie Pilossoph, accessed Dec. 29, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Tell Us About Your Legal Need

Contact Our Firm To Set Up A FREE Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

A Full Service Firm For Northwest Ohio with Three Convenient Locations 24/7 Phones And Appointments Taken at 888-422-6894

Sylvania Office
8527 Central Avenue
Sylvania, OH 43560

Toll Free: 888-422-6894
Phone: 419-829-2255
Sylvania Law Office Map

Northwood Office
3200 Woodville Road
Northwood, OH 43619

Toll Free: 888-422-6894
Phone: 419-693-5515
Northwood Law Office Map

Toledo Office
3131 Executive Parkway, Suite 100
Toledo, OH 43606

Toll Free: 888-422-6894
Phone: 419-472-5555
Toledo Law Office Map