Post # 1
Where I am from, you have two options for changing your last name. One is that you can assume your husband’s last name and use your marriage certificate to change your name on all your documents (banking, driver’s license, etc.) The other option is to legally change your name. You are even issued a new birth certificate with your new last name, but it supposedly shows your previous last name as well.
I am curious as to what other Bees have done (or would do, if this is not the same process where you are from). I posted this same question on my Facebook and got mixed responses. Some people had legally changed their name as they felt it was important to have it formally done. Others just assumed the new last name because they felt that having the new name on a birth certificate somehow “erased” who they were pre-marriage.
I would love to hear people’s opinions as I am torn on what to do…
Post # 3
I would prefer the go use the marriage license and change documents than interfer with my birth certificate info.
Post # 4
I’m not sure how Virginia does it. But I know what I’ll be doing is, (First name Middle name) get moved together, my old last name goes to my Middle name. And my new last name is his.
So lets say I’m Jennifer Mackenzie John, his last name is Smith, My first name would be Jennifer Mackenzie, middle would be John and last would be Smith. I’m pretty happy with that idea. I get to keep my last name, which I love/hate, it’s a hard relationship. And I love my first and middle name together.
Edit: But I think I’d keep my Birth Certificate the same, I wasn’t born married to him.
Post # 5
I just used the marriage license. Seems easier, and I see no reason to go through the hassle of the legal way.
Post # 6
I’m confused about the difference. (Maybe it’s a Canadian difference? I’ve never heard of a difference like this in the US.)
I’m legally changing my name, but I’m using my marriage certificate to change all my other documents, and I’m certainly not getting a new birth certificate.
Post # 7
In my province, spouses are required to keep their legal names as they appear on their birth certificates. It’s super complicated to take your husband’s name here: You’d have to prove that your religion requires it & it causes you psychological distress to keep your current name. Kinda frustrating cause my last name is long & difficult to pronounce.
Post # 8
I suppose it’s still technically legal in the sense that you can get all your government ID changed to the assumed name, it’s just not considered your full-on actual given name I guess? I’m not sure why they make a distinction.
I am in Ontario…I know the name change process is totally different in other provinces like Quebec. So it may even be a provincial thing as opposed to a Canadian thing.
Post # 9
Double post. (darn computer lag!!)
Post # 10
I know in AB it’s not a legal name change. Your marriage license is good enough to switch all your ID. You can revert whenever you want. I suppose you could legally change your name, but don’t know why anyone would (and who knows, maybe getting married isn’t an acceptable reason here).
I decided to not change anything at all. Socially, his name, professionally, ID etc my maiden name.
Post # 11
I help with legal name changes as part of my job and you wouldnt believe how many people don’t realize you don’t have to do a full legal change. Usually makes them happy when I save them 200+ bucks (even though by the time they get to me they’ve spent 90 getting their id notarized). I just assumed my husbands last name and it’s considered to be a legal alias. If you get married outside the province you reside in or want tohyphenate or move your last name to your middle you have to do the full legal name change
Post # 12
@GeekChic: I’m from Ontario as well and I plan to assume his last name. Not because I ever expect us to ever get divorced (!), but this way I won’t have to have my birth certificate reissued. I will have my (new) last name on my license and health card. It just seems a whole lot simpler and I don’t see any real advantage into having it legally changed!
Post # 13
Everyone just assumes the name here, no legal name change necessary. 🙂
Post # 14
Just to clarify your answer…
I’m getting married in Ontario but live in Alberta. I have to legally change my name (rather than assume) because I was marriend in a different province?
Post # 15
I have been married for 2 years and am just now looking into changing my name.
In BC women have to go through a legal name change in order to keep their last name and add on their spouses name, however to assume the spouses name it’s easy, no legal name change required. I think this is absurd. Just like there is an easy option for women to ASSUME her spouses name, there should also be an easy option for women to ADD her spouses name. For instance, if my name is “First Middle Last” I should be able to easily change it to “First Middle Last LastSpouse” without going through a legal name change and changing my birth and marriage certificates. What century are we in that women have to go through all this trouble just so they don’t lose their original name?!
Please tell me I’m not alone in thinking this!
Post # 16
Wait, what? What do we do in the US? Because assuming and legally sound like the same thing minus the birth certificate change. I don’t think we get new birth certificates in the US right? Do we?
I actually got married in BC even though I’m from the US.