Changing your name after divorce can be liberating, but it can also be a time-consuming hassle with many hurdles. In some cases, it can even disrupt your finances.
Consider the practical impacts of changing your name before you complete any paperwork.
Identity mix-ups can impact your ability to access credit, collect social security benefits, and file tax information. If you change your name following divorce, you must update your social security card, driver’s license, and passport. You may need to update additional paperwork, such as real estate deeds or business incorporation documents.
Is it worth it?
Changing your name requires effort. In some cases, it may not be worth it in the long run. If you plan to remarry and take your spouse’s last name, you will have to complete the process again. If you are well-known in your industry or if you published under your married name, changing your name could affect your professional identity. You must determine if the change is right for you.
Impact on minor children
Changing your children’s last name is more complicated than changing your own. You must let your attorney know if you plan to change your children’s last name. The change will not release you or your spouse from child support or custody agreements, but the family court may intervene to determine if a name change will negatively affect minor children.
Knowing the practical aspects of changing your name will help you make an informed decision that is right for you and your family.