Has anyone changed their last name years later?

posted 2 years ago in Legal
Post # 18
3512 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

This definitely will depend on the laws in California itself so a lot of anecdotes from people in other places won’t be too helpful.

E.g. where I live (Ontario) you have less than a year to legally assume your new married last name, otherwise you have to pay a lot more money and have the hassle of legally changing your name if you miss the deadline.

Post # 20
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2017 - Orange County, CA

I’m also a California bee! I chose not to change my name and the clerk at the licensing office told me that if I want to change it later it would be considered a “regular” name change i.e. not due to marriage, so I would have to file paperwork to get a court order and pay a fee.nso, yes, it doable to change it after, but takes more time and money. 

Post # 22
10985 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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bookends :  

Yup.  I just didn’t bother until a natural opening presented itself.  We moved across country and had to get new drivers’ licenses.

So, what was one more layer of annoying paperwork?

By then, we had been married for five years.  Dh never cared one way or the other. He used to like using my maiden name sometimes before we were married.  He was convinced that he got better service in some places. Like at the vet’s.


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