Do I have to give up my married last name if I get a divorce? 12 Answers as of June 28, 2013

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Law Offices of Jill K. Whitbeck
Law Offices of Jill K. Whitbeck | Jill K. Whitbeck
No. It is completely your choice whether you want to keep your married name or return to a former name.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 6/28/2013
Ronald Main & Associates | Tracian M. Laignel
No you do not. In some of the divorces I do the women want to change their last names back to their maiden names so I have to put an extra paragraph regarding having their name changed back to maiden name. However, I have seen husbands ask in divorce decrees to have their wives change their name but it is a request only and is not mandatory.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 6/28/2013
Ellis & Abouelsood | John Danelon
No, if you legally changed your name upon marriage, you can keep your married name even after a divorce.
Answer Applies to: California
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The Law Firm of Jessica M. Cotter, P.L.L.C. | Jessica M. Cotter
No, it is your choice if you want to keep your married name or not.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 6/28/2013
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
No, you may keep your married name. Your soon-to-be former souse cannot make you go back to your maiden name. Most women who have children, keep their married name so that they have the same last name as their children.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/28/2013
    John Russo | John Russo
    No, only you can request a name change
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
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