When people decide to end a marriage, there is a long list of decisions they may need to make. Some of those decisions need to be made by everyone at one point or another, and some of those decisions can vary by couple. One item Pennsylvania couples may need to consider during a divorce is the question of name changing.
Once divorced, one party may decide to either take back her or his maiden name or to choose a new name altogether. For many, this decision may involve the children. One option that is currently being noted is the hyphenating of names so that children and parents still have the same name, but possibly a variation. The decision to alter a child’s name may require cooperation from the other parent and can be a point of contention as some marriages dissolve.