Can You Change Your Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?
Historically, parents keep their children’s last names the same, even after a divorce. However, this common practice has been challenged over the past years. Now, courts are more careful about what name a child will have after the divorce proceedings are complete. Given how important a name can be in a person’s life, this decision requires careful thought and consideration.
If you’re facing difficult legal issues after a divorce that can negatively affect your children’s futures, you should turn to an attorney to help you deal with these concerns. With the assistance of a legal professional, your best interests are thoroughly protected. To learn more about your options when dealing with name-changing disputes, contact a Boca Raton custody lawyer of Klein Law Group, at 561-353-2800 today.
Changing Names after a Divorce
Many decisions involving children’s legal rights or statuses are determined by the courts in accordance with the children’s best interest. Thus, courts may not accept a name change proposition following a divorce. Legal name changes for children after a divorce follow these rules:
- Names can only be changed if it is in the child’s best interest
- The mother-child and father-child relationships may factor into the decision
- The length of time a child has used his or her current name may factor into the decision
- Social pressures and the need to identify with family may also affect the decision
These factors are weighed carefully by the court, which eventually gives the child the name that they believe to be the most appropriate fit for that child’s life situation.
If you’re fighting with an ex-spouse over your child’s name, we may be able to represent you inside and outside the courtroom. For a free consultation regarding your options in these legal disputes, contact Klein Law Group, by calling 561-353-2800 today.