Post # 1
Hi there! I’m getting married next year, and my plan is to be Mrs.Hisname in my personal life, but keep my maiden professionally (Dr.Myname). My question is whether or not I should legally change it. Should my credit cards and tax returns match my professional name, or my common use name?
What’s more practical?
Post # 3
I am the same as you – professionally i’m Dr. (maiden name), but personally i’m Mrs. (His name). I ended up changing my name to his name just to make things easier for tax returns, but honestly, i don’t think it matters anymore. Lots of people keep their maiden names after getting married, that i’m fairly certain it wouldn’t be difficult to deal with! So, I guess I’m saying, it’s totally up to you!
Post # 4
@mjoyelle: If you officially adopt your husband’s name, then won’t there be a pile of paperwork, like changing your name on all your certificates and stuff? I think it will be easier to keep your maiden name professionally.
Post # 5
Yeah – I’m trying to figure out what’s going to be the least paperwork in the long run. Seems like that might be just keeping my maidenname and adopting his last name in an unofficial capacity. Porbably mostly once we have kids!
Also, my last name is awesome. I would be so sad to lose it!
Post # 6
Least paper work would definitely be to keep your name legally. I think there’s no paperwork at all with that option!
Changing your name legally means going to the DMV, sending in a passport application, going to your bank in person…I just did all of that. Ugh. None of it is tough it just all takes time because they all want to see you in person! (Except the passport people thank goodness)
Post # 7
- @mjoyelle: Professionally I’ll be My name, persoanlly people can call me his name or my name (but I have kids with my name already)
I won’t be changing my name legally, at most I’ll hyphenate it.