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Change of Name After Divorce
When parties are married, there is a certificate of marriage that identifies the parties using their given names. After the parties are married, a spouse may or may not use the exact name on the certificate of marriage as the name of the spouse during the course of the marriage.
There may be children born as issued to the marriage. There may be an issue as to what names they use.
In terms of the spouse, upon dissolution of marriage, the spouse may be seeking to retain or receive a given name, the name used on the certificate of marriage, a name used as a matter of custom throughout the marriage or a maiden name.
A divorce decree can identify the name of the spouse upon a dissolution of marriage, including whether or not the spouse wishes to receive back the spouse's maiden name, or possibly otherwise.
In deciding child custody, the Illinois court does not consider the gender of the custodial parent. The court considers all relevant factors including the wishes of the child's parents, the wishes of the child, the relationship of the child with the parents, siblings, and any other person who significantly affects the child's best interest, the child's adjustment to home, school, and community, the mental and physical health of everyone, any physical violence by the child's potential custodian, whether directed at the child or at another person, episodes of repeated abuse whether directed at the child or directed at another person, and the willingness and ability of each parent to encourage a close relationship between the other parent and the child.
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