(Closed) Quebec Bees – how'd you go about the name change!?

posted 2 years ago in Quebec
Post # 2
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MeandMyLouboutins:  In the rest of Canada you’re allowed to ASSUME your husbands name but you retain your original birth certificate, it’s not a legal name change. 

If you are a Quebec resident with Quebec ID I belive you need to do a legal name change in order to take your husbands name.  This will mean a new birth certificate is issued to you and your maiden name is ‘gone forever’ unless you were to go through a second legal name change. 

Post # 4
Hostess
9892 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

MeandMyLouboutins:  That’s what I mean.  In Ontario and the rest of Canada it’s easy peasy (Ontario it’s free if you do it in 90 days) it’s an assumption of a name not a legal name change.  In Quebec you have to go through the whole legal name change process – you could become Princess Consuela Banana Hammock while you’re at it 😉

Post # 7
Member
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I agree that it sucks. I hadn’t decided whether or not I wanted to change my name, but finding out that the choice had been taken away from me irked me to no end. I can back up Lapetitemaimai: with regards to getting married in Ontario. My future mother-in-law got married in Ontario some 35-40 years ago and assumed her husband’s name, but as soon as she moved to Quebec (20 years later), she had to go back to her maiden name with the government. It’s actually quite complicated, as she works in NY, where they recognize her married name.

Since it’s so important to you, why don’t you introduce yourself as yourfirstname hislastname? It’s quite common in my circle to use whichever name you want to socially (I live in Montréal).

Post # 9
Member
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

MeandMyLouboutins:  She had to change her cards anyway when she moved to a new province. So yes, they issued her Quebec ID with her maiden name, since that’s the name on her birth certificate (like most people in the rest of Canada, she had only assumed her husband’s last name and not paid to change her birth certificate). The only way around it that I can see is to legally change your name on your birth certificate in another province, which would require living there for a certain period of time.

I just found another option: http://www.educaloi.qc.ca/en/capsules/changing-your-name One of the acceptable reasons for changing your name in Quebec is if “using your name, and not the name of your husband, is against your religious beliefs.” The process takes a few months, and your request can still be denied.

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