04/28/2011 03:00 pm ET | Updated Jun 28, 2011

Changing Your Name After Divorce: Do Or Don't?

To change or not to change, that is the question. You're getting divorced and, quite frankly, you are not sure what you want to do to or with your last name. Do you keep his? Go back to your maiden name? Or pick something completely different?

"Many divorced women don't want to be left with a last name that they did not grow up with. Many are reverting back to their maiden names, but more and more are choosing new last names," said Kelly Utt-Grubb, a family naming expert who has been researching the topic of name changes for three years. "Some women don't like their maiden names, so they pick a maternal grandmother's last name or the name of another relative to whom they were very close. And some are even picking combinations of names. The new name is really a reflection of frame of mind and starting fresh."

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