WHAT’S IN A NAME?

After their marriage, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie plan to change their last names to Jolie-Pitt according to the August 27, 2012 issue of US Weekly. In Louisiana, a legal proceeding would have to be filed in order to accomplish this result. Although many women currently use a combination of their maiden and married names, for example, Cassandra Williams-Jones, a woman’s maiden name is her legal name. For that reason, marriage does not change your last name and it is not necessary to include a name change in a judgment of divorce. If you have questions about the effect of your divorce on the name you are using, you should discuss that issue with your lawyer.