How to Email Business Associates About Your Name Change Due to Divorce

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How to Email Business Associates About Your Name Change Due to Divorce
Send a brief, friendly e-mail to update colleagues with your new name. (computer image by from

If you have recently divorced and changed your name, you may wish to update your business associates with your new name and any new contact information. According to a 2007 article in "The New York Times," divorce announcements have become increasingly popular. Newly divorced individuals can choose to mail out a printed announcement card or send a mass e-mail message. In an increasingly digital society, e-mail has become the communication method of choice for many. Before sending the email, you should consider the rules of professional etiquette.

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Things you need

  • E-mail account
  • Contact list for your business associates

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    Select the time frame for your announcement. Some individuals like to incorporate news about a name change into a regularly scheduled update, such as a holiday greeting letter. Avoid mixing your name-change news with business matters, such as bills or professional inquiries directed to business associates --- in those situations, you may find it preferable to keep your divorce news to a separate e-mail.

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    Limit discussion of your name change announcement to a short message with your new name and any updated contact information, such as a new e-mail address or mailing address. Include a brief reference to your finalised divorce as an explanation for the name change, if you feel comfortable with doing so. Avoid discussion of any personal details about your ex-spouse or the details of your divorce.

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    Consider the tone of your e-mail to business associates. Use polite, direct wording. An overly emotional message can affect your professional image or cast doubt on your ability to meet professional obligations if contacts worry that you are distracted by your divorce.

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    Accept messages of support in response to your e-mail, but do not feel obligated to share additional details about your personal situation if you do not wish to do so. Separate your personal life from the workplace by only discussing your name change and divorce with colleagues while outside the office, such as over coffee or lunch, and only with closer professional contacts when they indicate an interest.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider speaking with colleagues or business associates in person, when appropriate, about your name change and finalised divorce if you have a close relationship with them or have known them for a long period of time. Follow up with an e-mail that includes your new name and contact information for reference.

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