What’s in a name? Well, for some people, a lot. At divorce, one parent may want to change their child’s last name. Usually this involves creating a hyphenated last name, so that the child’s surname contains both parents’ surnames.
If the parties agree to the change, this is easy. If the parties do not agree, the parent who wishes to change the name must file a motion and the court will decide.
In making that determination, the court will be guided by the best interests of the child. This means that the focus is on the child and the ways that a name change would either benefit the child, or not.
Read more about what’s involved in changing your child’s last name at/after divorce.