Should I Change My Name in Divorce?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Whether or not to change one’s name  to the former name is an emotional decision facing most divorcing wives.   Some keep the ex husband’s name so that the children and mother will have the same last name.  Some keep the name to avoid the hassle of changing driver’s licenses or other legal documents.  Others change the name to avoid the bad memories or baggage of the ex. 

Name changes are something to seriously consider in your divorce , because to do it in the divorce case costs nothing extra.  To do it after the divorce is done will cost another court filing fee at the minimum.   If you decide to later change your name, you will have to open a new case and appear at a court hearing before the judge. 

If you are a husband, you can negotiate at mediation to give the wife a financial incentive to change her name back.  This may or may not work.  Under the law a husband cannot force a wife to change her name back.  For more information on 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 for more information.


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