Unfortunately my family name has died out over the generations.This has mainly been because the babies have been girls and married thus getting a new surname.
With my line it stops with me as my daughter got married.
I found it strange that my x used her Maiden Name in business within the community she worked (and family business) yet never changed it back when we divorced. I assume for convenience of form filling etc or as I said to retain a degree of respectability.
I have got to admit that as my surname is unusual that someone wants to associate with my family whilst at the same time have nothing to do with it.
I am only half way through, in the beginning I was desperate to change back, funny how time changes things, as now after filling in that much paperwork and forms there is no way I am doing it all again. I will stay who I am even my son from previous took my stbx name not his own father, so we will all stay the same for ease and its who we are. As for my ex I''m sure it will put his nose a little out of joint, naughty I know, but I get a little twinge of satisfaction from that too! The little things!
I am going to keep my surname as it is, its far to much paperwork to deal with to change and the last year has been nothing but form filling, I''m not really fussed on the name never was but it will annoy the Ex and his close relatives
People who make an issue of this need to realise that when you purport to give all your name is included. As it stands a Judge will decide if necessary what you may keep but there are limitations insofar as the only certainty is that the name you have you can keep.
Ive resurrected this thread and dedicate it to all that ask this question.
Also to anyone who wonders why I've not reverted to my Maiden Name and that includes the ex husband who felt it necessary to mention this very fact at our final hearing?!
If you want to change your name then do it . We all have the choice to change whatever regardless of pressure from others either way. just make sure it is your decision.