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Legal Name Changes After Divorce in Florida
Changing your name after a divorce is an important legal function that should not be taken lightly. This is because a judge can order your divorce decree contain a formal order restoring your former or birth name. This makes things nice and easy because once your divorce is finalized, you can simply use your former or birth name immediately. However, if your divorce decree does not include an order restoring your former or birth name, then you will have to contact an attorney to help you petition the courts to modify the decree to include a formal restoration. If you live in the Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach County area’s of Florida, contact Mark E. Sawicki, P.A. to petition a judge for a legal name change.
Can I keep my last name after a Divorce in Florida?
You can keep your former or birth name after a divorce. Attempting to use your married last name after a divorce will cause legal problems that will bring you and your former spouse back to court. It is important to know that your last name is used for legal reasons beyond simply identifying you. This can include financial records, tax records, and other important legal records. If you are having any sort of difficulty with the courts restoring your last name, contact Mark E. Sawicki, P.A.
What happens to my children’s last name after a Divorce in Florida?
In most states, it is traditionally ruled that the father has an automatic right to have his children keep his last name, as long as the father continues to actively perform a parental role. There are circumstances where the children’s last name may be changed to their mother’s former name. Namely, when it is in the children’s best interest. If you are attempting to change your child’s last name to your birth name, contact The Law Offices of Mark E. Sawicki, P.A. to consult with a State Bar Licensed Attorney.
What about adopted children’s last name after a Divorce in Florida?
Generally, adopted children will retain their foster father’s last name when a divorce goes through. However, if the adopted child is over 18 and chooses to use their former or birth name, they can petition a court to grant a name change. Legal name changes are not that difficult to process, but it is imperative that you legally change your name with the State you reside.
The bureaucratic processes in America are burdensome, but necessary. Part of participating in these processes is having a legal last name. When you get a Divorce, it is important to change your last name back to your birth name. If you need help figuring out how to do this in Broward, Miami-Dade, or Palm Beach Counties, contact Mark E. Sawicki, P.A. If the judge did not order a decree during your divorce, then let the Law Offices of Mark E. Sawicki, P.A. handle the situation.