There are several reasons why people change their last names for marriage; the most common referring to the symbolic merging of two people into one family and under one family name. In our society, it generally makes it simpler to identify who is a member of which family by namesake alone. However, though the trend is moving in the direction of women no longer changing their birth names to join the husband’s family, there are still many who believe in the tradition. At divorce, however, there are several considerations that the families must make with regard to the last name: Should everyone revert to their birth names or maintain the married names as a symbol, in particular, to limit confusion for the children? This article will examine the legal, symbolic, and logical reasons to either keep the married name or return to one’s birth name
at the end of the marriage.