Many of my clients changed their names when they got married. Most commonly, the wife will take their husband’s surname, signifying the two becoming one family.
When divorce occurs, the person who changed his/her name at the time of the marriage must decide whether to keep this “new” last name or change it. To further complicate things, the name change need not be the former name. As long as there is no intention to mislead or defraud (and the person has no criminal convictions), the person seeking a name change can change his/her name to any name – even a new first, middle and last name!
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NOTE FROM FIELDS AND DENNIS — SEE HERE ABOUT CHANGING YOUR NAME WITH SOCIAL SECURITY