In a decree of divorce or annulment, the court shall change the name of a party specifically requesting the change to a name previously used by the party unless the court states in the decree a reason for denying the change of name.
The court may not deny a change of name solely to keep the last name of family members the same.
A change of name does not release a person from liability incurred by the person under a previous name or defeat a right the person held under a previous name.
A person whose name is changed under this section may apply for a change of name certificate from the clerk of the court as provided by Section 45.106 (Change of Name Certificate).Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 7, Sec. 1, eff. April 17, 1997.