I personally would not have felt free until I had my own name back.
I totally agree! The feeling when I had my own name back was AMAZING! I felt like myself again. I HATED it during the divorce before it was final when I still had to be referred to as XWH's last name.
I thought it was easy. Final decree in hand, a trip to the social security office, a trip to the dmv, and then after that just changing utilities, credit card & bank accounts, shoppers club accounts, and other little stuff. The only thing that cost me was my passport, I believe it was over $100 to change it.
[This message edited by sparkysable at 8:09 AM, March 17th (Monday)]