How hard is it to change your last name after a divorce?
The process varies by jurisdiction, but in most states, it's pretty easy to request the divorce court judge to enter a formal order changing your name after divorce. If your divorce is finalized and contains a court order regarding your name change, that serves as an official record of your name change.
Can I just go back to using my maiden name?
All you need to revert your ID and bank accounts back to your maiden name after you divorce is your decree absolute and your marriage certificate. Alternatively, you can change your name by deed poll and present this document instead.
Should I change my surname after divorce?
“If you have fond feelings — or can't let go of the fact that you're no longer connected by marriage — keeping your married last name after divorce is a way to hold on,” Masini says. “It's also a way to thwart a subsequent marriage your ex may enter into by being 'the other Mr. or Mrs. so-and-so. '”