Changing Your Name After a Divorce
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Changing a last name can be the final act of closure for people going through a divorce. At times, individuals can feel as if they need to distance themselves from the past as much as possible, and a name change can aid in the feeling of a new start. However, if done incorrectly, a name change can have serious legal ramifications for you and your children. Before you take the first legal steps of the procedure, it's best to consult with a skilled divorce lawyer.
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The most effective way to change your name is to include it when you file your divorce. Typically, the filing forms will have an option for a name change, and this is by far the most cost effective way. If you did not change your name during the divorce process, you will most likely need to fill out the Florida Petition for Name Change. After your name is changed, you will then need to inform the DMV, Social Security, bank, friends, and any other important relationship in your life.
What about changing my child's name?
If the judge decides that the child will benefit from a name change, he or she will proceed to do so. It is important to note that a name change will do nothing to change custody or support agreements.