When I get divorced does my name change?
Louisiana Revised Statute 9 :292 provides that, “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a woman, at her option, may use her maiden name, her present spouse’s name, or a hyphenated combination thereof. If widowed, divorced, or remarried, a woman may use her maiden name, the surname of her deceased or former spouse, the surname of her present spouse, or any combination thereof.” This means that after a divorce women have the option to return to their maiden name, keep the name of their ex-husband or hyphenate both names. This law allows for the use of a name on many legal documents. For more information on name changes during and after a divorce, please contact an attorney.