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Should you change your last name after a divorce?

A divorce is a tumultuous time, but it is also an opportunity for a fresh take on life. You may want to signify that change by reverting back to your maiden name. 

Divorcing your spouse does not automatically result in a name change. You still need to go through all the legal processes, as would be the case any other time. Fortunately, Georgia makes it easy to file for a name change following completion of the divorce process, but you need to decide what you want to do during the proceedings. However, you need to weigh the pros and cons of a name change to determine if it is right for you and any children you share with your former spouse.

You want a clean break

It is natural to want a complete separation from your former spouse after a divorce. Many women view this name change as regaining a part of themselves. It can show that you no longer want to have a connection to your ex legally, financially or emotionally. It can also symbolize your independence and make it clear to friends, family and coworkers that you no longer have any connection to that person. 

Consider the impact on your professional life

On the other hand, some women see benefits in keeping their married name. If you work as a doctor, professional speaker or lawyer, then your clients likely know you by your married name. Your clients may have trouble finding your office if you suddenly change your name. You can still do so, but you need to think about how you will let clients know how they can reach you now. 

Consider the impact on your children

This is less of an issue in today's more progressive age, but many women want to keep their old names for the sake of their children. They do not want to have a different name from their kids, so they keep it. Every woman is different, and it all comes down to what will be best for you to move on with your life. 

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