Should I Change My Last Name After My Washington State Divorce?

Many women struggle with the option of changing their name in the wake of a Washington State divorce – should you keep your married name, revert to your maiden name, or pick a new surname to start your new chapter of life?

Here are some issues to consider:

  • Do you have children? You may consider what their last name is and whether you’d like to share a last name with them.
  • Have you had your name for very long? Changing your name may be easier after a short marriage than after a few decades with your married surname.
  • Would a name change affect your professional life? If you have been published or if you are well recognized and established in your field of work, you way wish to keep your married name for business or career reasons.
  • Do you want to do the paperwork? Changing your name will take a bit of effort and involve your bank accounts, drivers’ license, credit cards, and other accounts.
  • Do you see your name as a symbol? Some woman may see a name change as a chance to let go of their relationship and let go of the past.

The Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny can assist you with your divorce, child custody, or domestic violence case. Call a Seattle divorce attorney at 425-460-0550 today.

Molly B. Kenny
Founder and Principal Divorce Attorney
Molly B. Kenny's Bellevue family law office is conveniently located on Lake Bellevue Drive, making it easily accessible to those in the greater Seattle area. Our divorce and child custody lawyers help men and women get the information, guidance, and compassionate representation they need.
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