We have polls for everything, right? This is your chance to help me make a decision. You can read my thoughts about the question and then scroll to the bottom to vote.
I cannot decide what I’m going to do with my last name in January when my divorce is final. Should I keep my married name (Lee), switch back to my maiden name (Vaughn) or go for something completely different, like taking my mom’s family name (Holloway)?
- It’s been my name for 13 years, and I’m used to it.
- Most of my writing credits (and they’re oh so numerous, LOL) are as “Jacqueline Lee.”
- It’s the same name that my sons have, so their teachers don’t have to get in the habit of calling me by a different name.
- No switching names on driver’s license, Social Security card, etc.
- I will no longer be married to that guy as of January 15, so isn’t some kind of change in order?
- I would probably be stuck with that name as a writing credit for a long time, even if I remarry someday. It would never go away.
- It’s a strong step toward a changed identity.
- The change could demonstrate independence after an unhappy time.
- It’s inconvenient to change all of my ID cards and my bank accounts to reflect a new name.
- Jackie Vaughn is a stranger to me. I’ve changed so much that being Jackie Vaughn again seems like a step backward in some ways.
- It’s tedious to remind everyone in my sons’ social sphere that I’m not Mrs. Lee.
- My mom raised me, and I’m much closer to that side of my family.
- “Jacqueline Holloway” sounds kind of pretentious and important, doesn’t it?
- It’s a real fresh start. It’s a change that doesn’t feel like a step backward.
- Again, it’s inconvenient.
- Changing my name to “Holloway” feels like an unusual thing to do, and I am not a person that colors outside of the lines very easily.
Thanks for voting! Also, leave a comment if you have any advice based on your own experience or the experiences of people in your life.