(Closed) How long after you got married till you change your last name?

posted 9 years ago in Married Life
Post # 91
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve been married to my husband for almost two years (08/31/2013) and have yet to legally change my name. I plan(ned) on hyphenating it, but just never have gotten around to it. At this point I might just keep doing what I’m currently doing – using it socially, but legally staying with my maiden name. I thought I would feel like “less of a family” or less connected to him with a different last name, but honestly I don’t. I like having my own identity and since we live in my hometown I like the familiarity of my last name. It just seems right to me. So I’m still deciding I guess.


On a side note, the hubby doesn’t care either way – he’s offered to hyphenate too so we match. We’re talking about that too. People put so much pressure on the name thing and I think for both of us we just have bigger things to worry about. (Not that it’s not a big decision – but for us it just isn’t. We’ve always been a bit of a strange couple!)

Post # 92
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I changed mine shortly after returning from our honeymoon. Where I live if you change it within 90 days it’s free, after 90 days there is a fee. I know the process where I live isn’t the easiest since I had to change it for 3 separate government documents.

Wow it’s been 3 years since OP posted, has your friend changed it yet? 

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 10 months ago by MiaBella03.
Post # 93
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been married since October, but I *finally* just changed my name this last Friday 😉 I got licensed in my field shortly after we got married (I had passed the exams but the licensing papers didn’t arrive until a month or two after the wedding) so that did sort of delay my process because it’s a pain to go through all that in addition to the regular avenues. I doubt I’ll get around to changing the deed on my house, etc but at least it’ll be changed with SS, DMV, banks, etc. Plus I kept debating how I wanted to change my name so that gave me time to settle into the idea of having two middle names and felt less like a loss of identity (middle maiden newlast) 🙂

Post # 94
27 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

I started signing with my last name right after we got our license but not offically until the following Monday!

Post # 95
613 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

i got majored early May and only just got my new drivers licence this week so now I can go change everything else next weekday I have off work I think it’s a bit different in Australia you have to wait for your marriage to be registered which takes about 6 weeks then you can apply for a marriage certificate which can take up to 30 more days to get theN you can start changing everything else that being said my new name was ‘Facebook official’ on my wedding day lol

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