Name Change

In the divorce decree it states that my ex wife took back her maiden name, we have no children, but she continues to use my last name, is she in contempt?

Asked on July 2, 2009 under Family Law, Connecticut

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No.  In most states, a person has the right to use any name she wants, within limits.  But one of those limits is fraud, and if she is still representing herself as married to you, for any purpose, she's committing fraud.

I hope nothing of the sort is going on, but you might want to keep your eyes and ears open.  If anything does develop, don't wait a minute to talk to a lawyer about how to protect yourself.  One place to find an attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

No.  In most states, a person has the right to use any name she wants, within limits.  But one of those limits is fraud, and if she is still representing herself as married to you, for any purpose, she's committing fraud.

I hope nothing of the sort is going on, but you might want to keep your eyes and ears open.  If anything does develop, don't wait a minute to talk to a lawyer about how to protect yourself.  One place to find an attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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