Post # 1
I was on the boards awhile ago getting a feel on if everyone was changing their names or not. I said that I was going to take his name, drop mine, etc. But I cannot do it. The choice is not right for me. Professionally, I am known as my name and I think I just want to add his to mine. Everyone has been doing that for me actually…That’s what people call me. So…
Problem is, on my marriage license, I said my name would be “Lisa Middle Name His Last Name.” But now I want to be “Lisa Maiden name His Name.” Does anyone know if I can change my name to that even if my marriage license says it the other way? I haven’t made the rounds to the dmv and social security office yet. This is pretty important…
Post # 3
Ooooh…I think that you can’t. The SSO goes by what’s on your marriage license…
I think you should try anyway. Go to the SSO, and fill out their form in the way you want your name to appear, and make sure they can do it. If they can’t, they will tell you what you need to do to fix it and if they can, you’re home free! Once you have your SS card, every other gov’t office MUST go by what is on the card, so you’ll be able to change your name everywhere else accordingly.
Post # 4
Hey, I’m also a CA bride. Once you fill out your license, that’s pretty much it. What you’ll need to do to change your name is petition the court for a name change. I’ve been told it’s a bit pricey, but once you’ve filed your license, that’s the name you’ll have. Sorry I don’t have better news!
Post # 5
If you want to get your name changed, you have to go down to the court and it’s EXPENSIVE. I think the lady told me it was more than $1000 and wanted me to make sure I wanted that name before we went through with getting the wedding certificate.
My sister-in-law had the same problem. She wanted to use her maiden name since she works for a popular magazine. Even though her wedding certificate states that her maiden name is now her middle name and her last name is her husband’s last name, she still goes by her first name and hypenates her maiden and husband’s last name in publications.
Post # 6
Honestly, my wife changed her name but I don’t think she’s used it professionally even once! I think in most cases, you can basically call yourself anything you want…
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Actually, I think you can file a new marriage license (but don’t quote me on that; I don’t remember where I think I read it) which should help with the SSO. Look into that before going the court order route; it’d be much easier!