In documents obtained by The Blast, the 40-year-old actress and her ex-husband’s divorce settlement includes a provision to add “Deschanel” to four-year-old daughter Elsie and three-year-old son Charlie‘s legal names to make it easier when Zooey travels with them.
The children’s legal names will be changed Elsie Otter Deschanel Pechenik and Charlie Wolf Deschanel Pechenik.
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.”
Zooey and Jacob first split back in September 2019 after four years of marriage. Jacob officially filed for divorce in December.