Can I sue my husband’s ex-wife to make her go back to her maiden name since we both have the same first name?

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Can I sue my husband’s ex-wife to make her go back to her maiden name since we both have the same first name?

My husband and I are wanting to figure out how to force his ex-wife to go back to her maiden name. She and I have the same first name just spelled differently by one letter. Some of our

information has been email to her and it is just confusing for businesses we deal with. It is easy believe it or not for companies that both she and I have done business with for her to get mail for me or emails. This is my personal business and she has done so much in the past to try to get to my husband. I have to figure out how to force her legally to change her last name back to her maiden name. There has got to be a way. If she wanted to she could go anywhere and just

say she is his wife because she has my same name. My middle name is different but I shouldn’t have to go by another name or have to worry about her getting out business or pretending to be me.

Asked on February 7, 2018 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can't force her to change her name--she is under no legal obligation to do so (unless that is, she already agreed to in a divorce settlement, or was ordered to as part of the divorce decree). Any person can have any name they want. You could change *your* name if you chose, but you have no legal right to force her to change her name.


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