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Regaining Your Maiden Name After Divorce
During the divorce process, all parties involved have to make difficult decisions, compromises, and concessions. Women, however, have a unique and complex decision to make during the process, the decision to restore their maiden name.
Many women have built their careers using their married name or prefer to have the same last name as their children and are unsure if they want to or should change it. Even then, changing their last name is not typically the first thing that crosses women's minds during a divorce. Dividing assets, determining custody, and simply reconciling the fact that the marriage is ending often take precedence.
Still, the timing of the decision is important and putting it on the back burner can be costly. In the state of Florida, women have the option to regain their maiden name for free as long as their divorce case is open. After it closes, the law does not differentiate between a new name and restoring a maiden name, resulting in a $400 charge to change it. There is also the option to pay $50 to petition to reopen the divorce case, but it is subject to a judge's discretion whether or not the petition is recognized.
Regardless of the fee, changing your name is a decision that requires a lot of thought and clarity. Don't make the decision rashly or under distress to save $400. If you are unsure about it, take your time and carefully weigh your options. The hassle and cost of restoring your maiden name down the road are worth not making a decision you may regret.
A spouse who does not make timely support payments can have his or her wages garnished through the Florida Child Support Enforcement Department. The court orders that alimony be automatically taken from the paying spouse's paycheck. The court can also order that the paying spouse give the alimony payments to the Support Enforcement Department, which will give the money to the receiving spouse. The department acts as a third party which manages the collection and distribution of support payments on a statewide basis. If the paying spouse of child support or alimony fails to make timely and sufficient payments, the court can suspend the paying spouse's driver's license.
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