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Zooey Deschanel's Children Have 'Deschanel' Added To Their Legal Names In Divorce Settlement

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By Mike Walters

Zooey Deschanel has added her last name to her children's legal names, as a part of the divorce settlement with her ex-husband, The Blast has learned.

According to documents, obtained by The Blast, Zooey and ex-husband Jacob Pechenik's divorce settlement includes a provision to change both of her children's legal names to include 'Deschanel.'

In the document, the children's new legal names will be changed too...

A. Elsie Otter Deschanel Pechenik

B. Charlie Wolf Deschanel Pechenik

But, in the divorce settlement, it DOES specify specifically why the name change is needed...

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Zooey's Kids Have 'Deschanel' Added To Their Legal Names

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According to the divorce settlement, "The children's last names shall always be Pechenik, and Deschanel shall be a middle name only and used only on documents. This is done to facilitate the joint custody that the parties are sharing and to alleviate any legal confusion when the mother is traveling with the children."

In other words, it just makes it easier for Zooey to board airplanes and travel abroad. In some cases, the kids may not have to use 'Deschanel' -- like in school, but they can.

Name Change Is To Make Traveling Easier On 'The New Girl' Actress

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As we reported, the couple settled their divorce back in May of this year, and have agreed on a financial and custody deal.

According to the settlement, the ex-couple will share custody of their two minor children -- and it appears they both have agreed on how to split up the money.

On Oct. 18, 2019, Zooey Deschanel's ex-husband filed for divorce citing 'irreconcilable differences' and says the couple repeated on January 8 of that year. The couple met were married in 2015, after meeting on the set of Bill Murray's comedy 'Rock The Kasbah.'

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In early Septemeber, the former couple announced their split in a joint statement, saying they were 'better off as friends.'

“After much discussion and a long period of contemplation we have decided we are better off as friends, business partners, and co-parents rather than life partners,” the statement began.

It continued, "We remain committed to our business, our values, and most of all our children."

As we reported, Zooey is now dating 'Property Brothers' star Jonathan Scott after the two met on the set of 'Carpool Karaoke.'

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