Has anyone changed their last name years later?

posted 1 month ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

No idea about how to do this in California, but I have a friend who didn’t change their name for a while. Her husband is Turkish with a surname that contains three letters not found in English. She didn’t change her name until they moved to Turkey 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m pretty sure in most places you would have to change it in the same way you change your first name, you can’t do it the same way you can if it is done by marriage and it would be more of a process. 

Is there a reason you can’t change your name after the wedding but go by your maiden name at work?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

Not exactly the same thing but my mom waited 10 years to go back to her maiden name after divorcing my dad. We live in Canada, you can change your name whenever.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

bookends :  I have never heard of a time constraint for this. My mom changed her name about 15 years into my parent’s marriage in Texas and didn’t have to go through the courts for it.

I suggest you call your local DMV and Social Security office. Tell them you got married 2 years ago, and ask if you can still bring in your marriage certificate to change your name.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

bookends :  I believe there is a cut-off where it stops being a name change due to marriage and you need to go to the court and have a legal name change. I’m in Massachusetts and my friend was told she missed the boat 2 years after her wedding. Is there a reason you can’t change your name at the time of the wedding and just go by your maiden name at the office?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

bookends :  I live in CA and have not yet changed my name – its been over a year now. 

Most of it is just being lazy and avoiding the hassle – I will most likely change it when to TTC as i would like to have the same last name as the rest of my family.

It would just be a legal name change, you can do it whenever. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I picked to take my SIG o’s last name and it reflects that on my marriage certificate…. I waited over a year before I went and got all my stuff changed to reflect that… mostly cause I dreaded the hassle, but I was told they prefer you do it within 30 days!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I didn’t change my last name when I got married because I got married in a different country. So if I want to change it, it would have to be a regular legal name change. I know a whole family who changed their last name and it’s not that difficult. The only difference I’ve heard is that if you change your name on your marriage certificate and you get divorced, it’s easier to go back to your maiden name. Otherwise, you’d have to do another legal name change to get it back. I’m not totally sure on that though.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

I have a co-worker who waited 10ish years after her wedding to change her name. She was initially unsure if she wanted to change it, but when her daughter was 3 she decided she wanted to have the same last name as her family. Luckily she signed her marriage license with her husband’s last name, so she was still able to change it all those years later. I live in Ohio.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I seem to remember California being a really picky state re: name changes, so you may run into issues there. If work is an issue, could you do both last names without a hyphen? Then you can use either/both as wanted.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

I would never have even thought this. We married in May and we’re expats leaving the country to another country next year so it just didn’t make sense to change a name then have to change a visa when we are leaving etc etc.. I’m sure a google search will help you but I doubt it will be any issue 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

How much is a new passport though, it’s hardly anything? It doesn’t seem with the extra hassle to change your name through the courts 3 years later imo just so you don’t have to pay to renew slightly early. 

I don’t think the travel document really makes a big difference but if you aren’t sure you want to change your name by the time you’re getting married I would just keep your name. If you aren’t sure about it there is nothing wrong with not changing. 

bookends :  

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

California marriage licenses make you put your intended name post-marriage on the marriage license, so unfortunately, you will need to make a decision one way or the other. When I clicked through the online application, there was a big big about how you need to be sure because the county clerk can’t amend it. 

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