Name Changes

Name Changes

Name changes are usually a by-product of divorce; however, many underestimate the value of working with a family law attorney during the process.  The family law attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey, LLC will work to make the process of changing your name as uncomplicated and understandable as possible. If you are considering a name change, contact us at 864.298.0084.

What You Need to Know:

After a divorce, many wives request to change their married last name back to their maiden name, not realizing how involved the name change process can be. If you choose to return to your maiden name, it is wise to place that request in your divorce decree. At the final divorce hearing, you must testify before a judge to prove the name change is not for improper use (such as avoiding existing charges or fines) and prove you do not appear on any sexual offender lists. Finally, you must notify entities such as the Social Security Office and the DMV of your name change.

If you wish to change your child’s or children’s last name, a lawsuit must be filed with both parties. A guardian ad litem will be assigned to your case to investigate and will speak at the final hearing to discuss all findings. The family court judge will then decide if the name change is in the best interest of the child or children.

What’s next?

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, the family law attorneys at Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey LLC are skilled at preparing you for the name change process by assisting you in drafting divorce decrees, speaking on you or your child’s behalf in court, and helping you complete any paper work that may come with the new name. If you need assistance in this process, call us today at 864.298.0084 or online by completing our contact us form online.


A minimum consultation fee of $450 is required on all family court matters. Please take a minute to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: I am I required to pay child support if I don’t have any contact or visitation with my child or children?
A: Yes, all parents are required to pay child support regardless of how often you contact or visit your child or children. The only instance where this may not be necessary is if your parental rights have been terminated.

Q: Can the Department of Social Services (DSS) force me to submit to a drug test?

A: No, DSS does not have the right to force you to submit to a drug test; however, by refusing the test, it does give them reason to suspect drug use in the home and they may seek removal of any children.

Q: I have court hearing requesting that I pay child support. What should I do?
A: Every situation and family court matter is unique. When possible, we recommend contacting an experienced family law attorney to help you navigate family court and ensure the best outcome for you and your children. Our family law attorneys are available to help. We require a minimum consultation fee of $450 on all family court matters. Schedule a comprehensive consultation by calling us today at 864-298-0084 or contact us online.

Q: We have an uncontested divorce and are in agreement on everything. What are the fees for an uncontested divorce?

A: While an uncontested divorce may feel like an open and shut matter, our attorneys give all family court matters a comprehensive review and consultation. We require a minimum consultation fee of $450 on all family court matters. Since divorce includes two parties, we can only represent one spouse in this instance.

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