Would You Keep Your Husband’s Name Post-Divorce?

The issue of whether women should take their husbands’ last names when they get married is a divisive one. (Just check out the comment thread on this post.) But what about keeping a man’s name after the divorce?

Susan Sarandon and Demi Moore are both examples of women who did this, holding on to the names of men they were married to earlier in their careers. Since Susan became famous while using the last name Sarandon, it made sense for her to keep it as she continued her career. I also know a woman who kept her husband’s name post-divorce so that she and her kids would have the same last name and legal paperwork would be less confusing. Would you keep a name post-divorce, or do you know someone who has?

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    • Stef

      I kept my husband’s last name after our divorce, because that was how my friends and coworkers knew me. (I moved to NYC after the divorce, but while we were seperated). It’s also a giant pain in the ass to go through all the name-changing nonsense AGAIN once you’ve already changed it. Too many people to notify, whatever. He said he was fine with me keeping it. Obviously, if I ever get married again though, I’ll change my name then or it will be all kinds of awkward.

    • Jamie B

      My MIL kept her ex-husband’s name after their divorce because of the “same name as the kids” issue.

      I think that, should some kind of apocalypse come along and destroy my own marriage, I would probably keep my husband’s name as well. Partly for our daughter’s sake. But largely because I hated hated HATED my maiden name, and I am rather fond of my married name.

    • Annie

      I kept my married name after my divorce, because changing it in the first place was a pain in the butt and was already established professionally. Besides, “Grzankowski” was too long to write.

    • Eileen

      It would depend. If we’d only been married for a short while, I’d probably go back. But if I’d had the opportunity to establish myself professionally under a married name, then I’d keep it. Friends, I think, can adjust to a new name because they know you’re divorced – but if you’ve become well known among people who don’t actually know you, it’s probably easier just to stick with his name.

    • Harry87

      My mother kept my dad’s last name so that we (children and ma) would all have the same last name.
      I’m engaged and skipping the whole thing by keeping my last name. I guess in that way my mom and I will always have the same last name, which is a bit comforting.

    • Teenie

      My marriage was SO bad, and my stress levels SO high during it (10 years of it) that I was very glad to come back to my maiden name after our divorce. It was like I was reclaiming myself again. My current boyfriend and I have talked about the name thing – if we ever get married, I won’t change my name. I think it’s a bit outdated anyway, besides the fact that I want to keep my identity, and I like my name!

    • Marsha Clark

      My parents were married for 23 years. My mother kept her married last name, but when she was remarried she choose to keep our last name and hyphenate it with her second husbands last name. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her choice at first. Was it a form of betrayal to my father, her ex-husband to keep his last name along side her new husbands? But looking back at it now, I’m glad she did. My mother took my fathers last name when she married him, and my parents gave that name to my brother and I. Even though my mother is no longer married to my father, we are still a family. To me, our shared last name signifies that. It is more than a name, it is a symbol of our ties to each other. My mother and father didn’t want to be married to each other anymore, but they have never stopped wanting to be our parents. Had my mother changed her name post divorce, I think I would have felt as if she was divorcing not just him but my brother and I as well.

    • heartbeet

      When I was married I changed my name from Jane Ann Smith to Jane Smith Jones. When I got divorced, I kept Jane Smith Jones, but I stopped USING the Jones in social circles, going by Jane Smith.

      Since my ex and I have a child, I find this to be nicely effective. While I don’t really use the name, when someone calls me Ms. Jones it remains correct, and I’ve retained the same last name of my child.

      If I ever lose my mind and get remarried though, I would go back to my maiden name, Jane Ann Smith. I’m done with other people’s names.

    • jenna elizabeth

      Just wanted to thank you and let you know how much you have helped me. since my divorce from a21-year marriage. It started out being one of the most difficult things I have ever attempted in my life. After a spell at agbalaxy@gmail.com, My ex sent me an apology email and i sent him a response the next day…within seconds he called me and asked to see me and was crying because he was glad I was talking to him. We are starting out very slowly again as friends (which is difficult for me since I am still deeply in love with him). An interesting note is this is a long distance relationship and your agbalaxy spell still worked!! I am so happy to have him in my life again.
      Thanks again,
      Jenna Elizabeth

    • jenna elizabeth

      Just wanted to thank you and let you know how much you have helped me. since my divorce from a21-year marriage. It started out being one of the most difficult things I have ever attempted in my life. After a spell at agbalaxy@gmail.com, My ex sent me an apology email and i sent him a response the next day…within seconds he called me and asked to see me and was crying because he was glad I was talking to him. We are starting out very slowly again as friends (which is difficult for me since I am still deeply in love with him). An interesting note is this is a long distance relationship and your agbalaxy spell still worked!! I am so happy to have him in my life again.
      Thanks again,
      Jenna Elizabeth

    • Vivian Cosme

      Hello every one there my name is Vivian Cosme from Canada I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to see my friend in Africa this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is DR ONIHA he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 3 years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 9 days when i returned to Canada, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is :onihaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com

    • stella kyes

      This is a testimony that I will tell to every one to hear. I have been married four 4years and on the fifth year of my marriage, another woman had a spell to take my lover away from me and my husband left me and the kids and we have suffered for 2years until I met a post where this man DR OLOKUM have helped someone and I decided to give him a try to help me bring my lover back home and believe me I just send my picture to him and that of my husband and after 48hours as he have told me, I saw a car drove into the house and behold it was my husband and he have come to me and the kids and that is why I am happy to make every one of you in similar to met with this man and have your lover back to your self. His email:lavenderlovespell@yahoo.com.

    • Grace

      My ex-boy dumped me 4 months ago after I accused him of seeing another woman and insulting him.I want him back in my life but he refused to have any contact with me. he changed his line and email address. I was so confuse and don’t know what to do. So I reach to the internet for help and I saw a testimonies of how this powerful spell caster help them to get their ex back. So I contact the spell caster whose name is Dr kizzekpe and explain my problem to him and he cast a spell for me and assure me of 2days that my ex will return to me, and to my greatest surprise the Second day my ex came knocking at my door and i immediately pleaded and ask him to forgive me. I am so happy that my love is back again and not only that,i was awarded a contract of 5 Million Pounds for 4 years. Once again thank you Dr kizzekpe,you are truly talented and gifted. Email: {kizzekpespells@outlook.com }. He is the only answer. He can be of great help and I will not stop publishing his good work because people are still talking about him on the Internet and Radio Stations.

    • Dona Smith

      i estoy dando este testimonio porque soy feliz Mi nombre es señora. Dona Smith de Houston, taxes.i nunca creyó en hechizos de amor magia o hasta que me encontré con este lanzador de hechizos una vez. cuando fui a África en diciembre de este año en una cumbre de negocios. i ción a un hombre llamado dr. ADAGBA.He es poderoso que podría ayudar a que lances un hechizos para traer de vuelta se ha ido, amante de mal comportamiento de mi amor en busca de alguien que te ame, traer de vuelta perdido dinero y el dinero hechizo o conjuro para una buena job.i ‘m ahora feliz y ; un testimonio vivo cos al hombre que había querido casarse me dejó 3 semanas antes de nuestra boda y mi vida estaba patas arriba porque nuestra relación ha estado en marcha durante 2 años … yo realmente lo amaba, pero su madre estaba en contra de mí y no tenía buena pago de trabajo. Así que cuando me encontré con este lanzador de hechizos, le dije lo que pasó y le expliqué la situación de las cosas a él .. Al principio estaba indeciso, escépticos y dudosos, pero yo sólo le di una oportunidad. y en 6 días, cuando volví a los impuestos, a mi novio (ahora es mi esposo) me llamó por él mismo y vino a mí pidiendo disculpas que todo se había resuelto con su mamá y su familia y él tiene una nueva entrevista de trabajo por lo que deberíamos casarnos .. i no lo creía cos del hechicero sólo pidió mi nombre y mi nombre de los novios y todo lo que quería que hiciera … así que estamos felizmente casados ​​y ahora estamos esperando nuestro niño pequeño, y mi marido también tiene un nuevo trabajo y nuestras vidas se hicieron mucho mejor. por si alguien necesita el lanzador de hechizos un poco de ayuda, la dirección de correo electrónico adagbaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com Gran ADAGBAi muchas gracias gracias de 1000000 veces .. si no me hubiera sido losted y desperdiciado gracias. por favor, asegúrese de contactar a él por las dificultades financieras bien .. Lo que un hombre poderoso como el Dr. ADAGBA .. él es tanto poderoso .. le enviaremos un correo electrónico para cualquier dificultad .. adagbaspiritualtemple@yahoo.com.
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      • britney

        My name is britney from Illinois in USA. Am here to testify of a great and powerful spell caster named DR KALA of kalalovespell@gmail.com I was so confused and devastated when my boy friend left me for another girl. I needed him back desperately because i loved him so much. So i contacted this great spell caster for a help. He helped me cast a return love spell on him and just within 2 days my boyfriend came back to me crying and begging for my forgiveness. I want to recommend this great spell caster to anyone that truly needs an urgent solution to a love break up. Simply contact the great DR KALA via email: KALALOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM

    • Carolyn

      My name is Melisa, from USA, my partner and I have been trying for a baby for over two years now, We were going to a fertility clinic for about 5 months before somebody told us to contact this spell caster who is so powerful, We contacted him at this email; (driayaryi2012@hotmail.com) , for him to help us, then we told him our problem, he told us that we will either conceive in February 2014 or March 2014,but after two years of trying we were at a point where we were willing to try anything. And I’m glad we came to Dr Dahiru, Because his pregnancy spell cast put us at ease, and I honestly believe him, and his gods really helped us as well, I am thankful for all he has done. contact him via email: (driayaryi2012@hotmail.com) if you are trying to get a baby or want your lover back. he has powers to do it, he has done mine

    • Carolyn

      My name is Kate Morrison, i live and work in Oxfordshire, UK. My life is back!!! After 2 years of Broken marriage, my husband left me with two kids, I felt like ending it all, i almost committed suicide because he left us with nothing, i was emotionally down all this while. Thanks to a spell caster called Dr.Trust of Ultimate spell cast which i met online. On one faithful day, as I was browsing through the internet, I came across several of testimonies about this particular spell caster. Some people testified that he brought their Ex lover back, some testified that he restores womb,cure cancer,and other sickness, some testified that he can cast a spell to stop divorce and also spell to get a good paid job so on. He is amazing, i also come across one particular testimony, it was about a woman called Vera, she testified about how he brought back her Ex lover in less than 2 days, and at the end of her testimony she dropped his email.After reading all these, I decided to give it a try. I contacted him via email and explained my problem to him. In just 48hours, my husband came back to me. We resolved our issues, and we are even happier than ever.Dr.Trust you are a gifted man and i will not stop publishing him because he is a wonderful man. If you have a problem and you are looking for a real and genuine spell caster, Try him anytime, he is the answer to your problems. you can contact him on solutionoflovespelltemple@gmail.com, he is the best caster that can help you with your problems.

    • Rita Smith

      Dr. Telemi is a trust worthy spell caster and he will
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      years of marriage my husband left me because I lost my womb, and i was
      unable to give birth to children. I felt like my life has come to an
      end, and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very
      long time, but thanks to this spell caster called Dr. Telemi whom i met
      online after my friend Tracy James told me how he also helped her to
      bring back her husband in less than 2 days. I believed her and decided
      to give Dr. Telemi a try and i contacted him on his email Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      and explained my problems to him. He laughed and told me that In less
      than 2 days, my Husband will come back for me again, and that he will
      restore my womb and i will give birth to children. At first i thought it
      was a lie but i took courage and believed as Dr. Telemi has said and it
      did happen just as this Great spell caster said, My husband called me
      and was crying, apologizing for forgiveness. I forgave him and today i
      am so glad that all worries and problems has gone away, and we are even
      happier than before, another good news is that i am pregnant now, and
      very soon we are expecting our baby. Dr. Telemi is really a gifted and a
      powerful spiritual man and i will not stop publishing him because he is
      a wonderful man. I advice you all If you have a problem and you are
      looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems
      just Contact Dr Telemi on his email on Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      at anytime, because he will always help you to solve all your problems.
      Once again thank you Dr. Telemi. Thank you, thank you.

      Dr. Telemi is a trust worthy spell caster and he will
      be of great help to you. I never believed in spell casting but After 4
      years of marriage my husband left me because I lost my womb, and i was
      unable to give birth to children. I felt like my life has come to an
      end, and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very
      long time, but thanks to this spell caster called Dr. Telemi whom i met
      online after my friend Tracy James told me how he also helped her to
      bring back her husband in less than 2 days. I believed her and decided
      to give Dr. Telemi a try and i contacted him on his email Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      and explained my problems to him. He laughed and told me that In less
      than 2 days, my Husband will come back for me again, and that he will
      restore my womb and i will give birth to children. At first i thought it
      was a lie but i took courage and believed as Dr. Telemi has said and it
      did happen just as this Great spell caster said, My husband called me
      and was crying, apologizing for forgiveness. I forgave him and today i
      am so glad that all worries and problems has gone away, and we are even
      happier than before, another good news is that i am pregnant now, and
      very soon we are expecting our baby. Dr. Telemi is really a gifted and a
      powerful spiritual man and i will not stop publishing him because he is
      a wonderful man. I advice you all If you have a problem and you are
      looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems
      just Contact Dr Telemi on his email on Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      at anytime, because he will always help you to solve all your problems.
      Once again thank you Dr. Telemi. Thank you, thank you.

      Dr. Telemi is a trust worthy spell caster and he will
      be of great help to you. I never believed in spell casting but After 4
      years of marriage my husband left me because I lost my womb, and i was
      unable to give birth to children. I felt like my life has come to an
      end, and i almost committed suicide, i was emotionally down for a very
      long time, but thanks to this spell caster called Dr. Telemi whom i met
      online after my friend Tracy James told me how he also helped her to
      bring back her husband in less than 2 days. I believed her and decided
      to give Dr. Telemi a try and i contacted him on his email Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      and explained my problems to him. He laughed and told me that In less
      than 2 days, my Husband will come back for me again, and that he will
      restore my womb and i will give birth to children. At first i thought it
      was a lie but i took courage and believed as Dr. Telemi has said and it
      did happen just as this Great spell caster said, My husband called me
      and was crying, apologizing for forgiveness. I forgave him and today i
      am so glad that all worries and problems has gone away, and we are even
      happier than before, another good news is that i am pregnant now, and
      very soon we are expecting our baby. Dr. Telemi is really a gifted and a
      powerful spiritual man and i will not stop publishing him because he is
      a wonderful man. I advice you all If you have a problem and you are
      looking for a real and genuine spell caster to solve all your problems
      just Contact Dr Telemi on his email on Telemisolutiontemple@yahoo.com
      at anytime, because he will always help you to solve all your problems.
      Once again thank you Dr. Telemi. Thank you, thank you……………………………………