Taking another person’s last name is a very personal decision. In today’s society, spouses often choose to keep their names. However, wives still often take their husbands’ names upon marriage and many couples are now choosing to take each other’s last names in a hyphenated or un-hyphenated hybrid. Choosing to keep one’s married name or to change it back after divorce is an equally personal decision.
There is no right or wrong way to approach the subject of name change. It is well within your rights to either change your name or keep it as you chose. However, there are several considerations you may want to examine before making a definitive decision either way.