Legal Name Change Issues — Help!

posted 2 years ago in Legal
  • poll: How should I handle my post-marriage name change?
    Annoying first name - name I go by - maiden last name - husbands last name : (0 votes)
    Annoying first name - name I go by - husbands last name : (1 votes)
    11 %
    Name I go by - maiden last name - husbands last name (= complicated court process) : (7 votes)
    78 %
    keep my name as is, and think on it some more.....? : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 2
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    227 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Well this is your chance for a new start and go with whatever name you want to go by for the rest of your life.  If there are any issues, you just have to think on whether it is all worth it or not. 

    I know here in Vancouver adding hyphens (-) requires an official court-change process because it’s being treated as a brand new last name and same with CHANGING any name at all.  There is no need for any legal mumbo jumbo though if you are just “ASSUMING” your husbands last name.  You just need to go through the process of changing your DL, passport, bank accounts etc with showing a marriage certificate.  It’s a long process that I am trying to prepare myself for because I’m only assuming my FH’s last name.

    As for you, just make sure it’s a name you want to stick with for a very long time so that you only have to do this once and once only.  LIke I said too, just make sure it’s worth it.  Honestly I would just drop the maiden last name and keep things simple.

    Post # 4
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    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am going to be using 4 names (first middle maiden last name married last), but I go by my first name.  It just depends if you care enough to change it.  I don’t know what county you are in, but the law should be the same.  Go to your county/city clerk of court to get county/city specific paperwork. It looks like the process is this:

     

    Post # 5
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    378 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    1. File paperwork

    2. Post notice for 10 days

    3. Get 2 affidavits from other residence of the county saying they know you (they want to know you didn’t just move to town, know no one awant you your name changed).

    4. Get fingerprinted (basically same as 3).

    5. Probably pay some court fees.

    Post # 6
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    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    It depends on your state but in mine, if you’re over 22 you have to go to the police station and be fingerprinted. You also have to go to a hearing no matter what since they need to know you’re not doing it for dishonest reasons. In my state, it’s $150 for fingerprints and 8 long weeks to wait.

    Going through the saaaame thing. I feel your pain. I’ve always went by the name my mother gave me, but my legal name is the name my father gave me. I don’t feel it’s MY name, never have, never will. It feels foreign when people call me by my legal name, so this is worth it to me!

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