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Why You May Want To Change Your Name After Divorce

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You don't have to change your name when you get married or divorced; it's your prerogative. However, many people take up their spouses name when they get married and some don't want to keep those names if they divorce their spouses. Here are some of the reasons you may want to change your name after your divorce:

You Want Lifestyle Convenience

In some cases, it can be mighty inconvenient to maintain a married name after a divorce. This is particularly true if people are used to addressing you by your married name and you want them to start referring to you by your other names. For example, going to a school meeting and getting referred to as Mr. or Mrs. X when you are no longer married to Mr. or Mrs. X may be too inconvenient for you.

You Want To Remarry

In some cases, you may also want to change your name to help you with the dating scene or even in improving your remarriage prospects. This may be the case, for example, if your former spouse is well known or their name is unique and easily recognizable. In such a case, you may not want to be connected to your former spouse every time you introduce yourself to other people or any time your name is mentioned. Many people also don't want to maintain their former partner's name when they get into serious relationships with other people.

You Want To Move On

Most people want a clean break from their former spouses if they get divorced. Maintaining your former spouse's name would not help your clean-break prospects. Imagine seeing your former spouse's name in all your documents, as part of your children's names, or every time other people refer to you, while at the same time craving a clean break from your ex.

You Want It for the Kid's Sake

Lastly, some people also want to change their names to help their kids move on from abusive parents and circumstances. In such cases, the parent advocating for a name change typically has sole custody of the kids and wants a clean break from the past. For example, if the other parent was convicted of sexual crimes, it may be best for the kids not to be associated with that name forever.

Changing your name is easy, but you have to do it the legal way; it's not just signing your name differently or telling people about your new name. A family lawyer can help you do it legally.


20 June 2018