Name Changes After Divorce in Florida
Panama City Family Law Attorney
For some people, changing a last name is just one more step they need to
take to break off with the past and move forward. Depending on your circumstances,
a name change for you and/or your child can be simple or complex. Before
you act, you may want to consult a family law attorney about the ramifications
of these actions, and to determine what steps you would need to take.
At Seaton Law Offices, P.A., we are ready for all your questions and to
provide you the legal counsel that you need.
Changing Your Name Because of Divorce
The easiest way to revert to your previous last name would be to include
the name change when you file for
divorce. This will save you time and money. An option for changing your name is
usually included in the divorce form itself. You would then want a certified
copy of the judge's signed order of your divorce. If you did not take
steps to include a name change in your divorce, then you will want to
consult an attorney about the next steps. You may be able to amend your
divorce form to take care of the name change. Outside of using the divorce
paperwork, the form you usually need to fill is the Florida Petition for
Name Change. Then you will have to move on to informing everyone about
your new (or newly regained) name. This includes friends and family, Social
Security and the DMV, your employer, the post office, banks, and more.
Changing Your Child's Name
A judge will agree to change a child's name if it is deemed to be in
the child's best interests. A name change will have no effect on court
orders such as custody or support. A judge will consider:
- The child's relationship with each parent
- Whether or not the child should take on a new family name (if mother remarries)
- How long the child has had his or her current last name
- The wishes of the child
- How a name change could alter the child's relationship with either parent
This process will be simple enough—if there are no objections. If
both parents file for the name change, or if one parent files and the
other does not object, then a judge is likely to grant it. If you file
and the other parent objects, however, you will need to attend a hearing.
If you file only for a name change for your child, you will also have
to notify the other parent in most cases. You do not have to notify the
other parent if he cannot be reached, or he has abandoned the child. A
judge may not require you to inform the other parent if there is a history of
domestic violence either. If the other parent does not attend the hearing, then a judge
may be disposed to grant your name change request.
Get a Panama City Divorce Attorney on Your Side
As with any legal process, it can be invaluable to consult a lawyer. When
you need legal representation, a family law attorney from
Seaton Law Offices, P.A. can help you understand what you to do to move on to the next chapter
in life. The firm is committed to providing clients with outstanding service.
Please do not hesitate to call a Panama City family law attorney with
any questions. To learn more about what the firm can do for you and your family,
contact Seaton Law Offices, P.A. today!