If you’re getting a divorce, you may decide to also revert to your maiden name. Not all divorced women do, but many find that they want to start over. That means dropping their ex-husband’s name. However, doing so does have some impact on their career and their children. Having your maiden name restored is actually quite easy to do. You simply request that the judge include your name change in the divorce decree. Before you do so, though, you do need to realize the impact it will have on your life.
You may have established your professional career under your married name. This means it may be a good amount of work to change everything to your maiden name. At the very least, you may have to pay for new business cards and ask your employer for a new email address. You will also need to notify all of your business contacts. If you have submitted paperwork under your married name, you may need to amend that paperwork. For example, if you have an article in an industry journal that is pending publication, you may want to have your byline changed.
Changing your name can impact your brand if you are a published author or a media personality. It can be difficult to transition from your established name to your maiden name. You will need to make appropriate notes on your resume and publications list explaining the name change. You may also have to purchase new web domains or reach out to social media sites to change your account names.
If you have children, they will likely retain their current last name. This means you and your children may no longer share a name. It can cause some confusion as you make the transition back to your maiden name. Your children may also feel as if you changing your name indicates that you don’t care about them. You may want to sit down with your children and discuss this if you think it may cause them to worry.
One thing many mother’s reverting to their maiden name are unaware of is that some airlines may require you to carry proof of the name change when flying with your children. If they have a different last name than you do, the airline simply wants to ensure the children stay safe and are not traveling somewhere they shouldn’t with a stranger.
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