(Closed) name change after marriage

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you have to go through the more rigorous name change procedure if you don’t want to follow what was written in the marriage license. 

Post # 4
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It actually wasn’t an issue for me, even though our marriage certificate has a slightly different name than what I ended up changing to.  Our certificate just says First Middle HisLast, but I ended up with First Middle Maiden HisLast.  When I sent in the papers to the Social Security Administration, I just put what I wanted and attached the copy of our marriage certificate, and it all came back with the name I wanted.

You should at least try to change it the way you want with the SSA, and if they tell you no, then you’ll have to go the difficult route of a court petition.  I think they’ll probably let you do it, but you never know in California!

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