If we have agreed to file for divorce uncontested with no children but my husband wants me to take up my maiden name, can he force me to do so?

Asked on August 20, 2015 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

I hit the submit button a bit early.... if you do want to change your name and you are the petitioner, then you would need to include in your original petition a request to change your name.  Make sure that you include in your request the first, middle, and last name that you want it changed to.  Make sure the same is done in the proposed final decree.  If you don't want a name change, the final decree should say so.

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

The choice to keep your maiden or married name is your's alone... your husband cannot force you one way or the other.  He can strongly encourgage.... but that's it.


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