Post # 1
My husband and I were married a few years ago- I decided to keep my maiden name. After two years of strange looks, difficulties with military related paperwork (I guess not a lot of women keep their last names so it is confusing?), and other mishaps (like not being able to access accounts because my last name is different from my husband’s…) I’ve decided it’s time to legally hypenate. Anyone know if changing my name after two years of marriage will be any different than if I had done it before?
Thanks for the help..
Post # 3
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, as I have two separate last names (technically supposed to just be a space between but often it’s hyphenated) and there is ALWAYS trouble locating my records. I think it would be just as difficult with a hyphenated name if not more so…
EDIT: I’m taking my Fiance’s name when I get married. Growing up, I loved my name being unique but the hassle is too much for me. Unfortunately, I’m remembered for my name, not for who I am. If you’re in a professional environment where your name is well known, then I’d suggest leaving it the way it is.
Post # 4
I think as long as you have your original marriage certificate and other required documents, you should have no problem changing your name.
I have a colleague who changed her name one year after getting married, and it didn’t affect the procedures.
Post # 5
As long as you have the marriage license, you shouldn’t have any problems changing your name. It depends on your location but you will either need to go to the DMV or SS office first to change your name. In CO, it was the SS office first.
Post # 6
Sorry, I reread your post. You didn’t want an opinion on changing your name. I just assume if you have your marriage license, it’ll be about the same to change your name as it would have been around your wedding.
Post # 7
I think it actually depends on the state or even the county. For example, when we filled out our marriage license I was required at that time to choose whether or not I was changing my name. It specifically stated that if I decided to change my name at a later point in time I would have to go to court to do so. So you should probably check into what the rules are for where you live.
Post # 8
I also didnt change my maiden name but decided after 6 months of marriage, I wanted to change it to my husbands (bc my passport expired). It was a big ole pain and took forever even though my marriage liscence was less than 6 months old!
It depends on your location. I live in a metro area and I had to go to the courthouse and file for an official name change sheet. It cost $80 filing fee and a $78 publication fee. Basically, the court publishes that you are changing your name for 4 weeks and if there are no objections, the court schedules a court date for you to come in, in front of a judge, to make it an official legal change. It also takes forever. I filed a name change in January and my court date is next week. Seriously, it takes forever.
Post # 9
Eek.. none of this sounds very fun. To make matters more complicated the military just moved us from Michigan to Virginia.. not to mention I just enrolled in college for a second degree.
@beekiss.. I didn’t mind your opinion. It sounds like this is going to be a pain in the butt. We have to change military documents as well.
Thanks for the advice, I guess the only way to find out is to jump in.
Post # 10
doesn’t your husband also need to change his last name too?