Am I breaking the law by still using my married name?

About 12 years ago, I was granted a divorce with the right to use my maiden name. However didn’t change it due to having a school aged child at the time.

Asked on July 20, 2012 under Family Law, West Virginia


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No, you are not.  You were given the right to take back your maiden name if you wanted to do so but it is not as if you are using your married name with an intent to defraud any one (which is the basis for review by a court).  It is perfectly understandable not to want to cause additional confusion for the kids.  Good luck.

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