By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
If you are contemplating changing your name back from your married name to your former name, it is much cheaper to do it as part of your divorce proceedings than after the fact as a separate court case. The judge needs your testimony that the name change is not for the purpose of thwarting your creditors, or for any other fraudulent purpose.
But if you have children, you may NOT want to change your name back even if you do not like your husband’s name. This is because the children and you will continue to have the same name and often it is in the children’s best interest to do so. You need to weigh the benefits to the negatives to determine for yourself what your comfort level is.
Sometimes, husbands who are planning to remarry quickly, or who are prominent in the community, require their stbx wives to relinquish their name back to the former name for money. This is a negotiation and could be to your benefit.
For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.