(Closed) I changed my mind about changing my last name

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
3400 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@starymist:  I actually discussed this with a lawyer recently, & from what I gather, having his name on the marriage license doesn’t mean you HAVE to take it. You are technically still the person that is on your social security card, & until you change then, nothing about your name or identity will change. All having his last name on your marriage license means is that you have the opportunity to take his name more easily should you decide to do so later, since you won’t have to petition the courts for a legal name change.

Basically, it won’t hurt anything to leave the license as it is (as far as I understand). I suppose if, for your own reasons, you want the license amended to have your maiden name on it (even though having the married name doesn’t hurt anything from what I can tell) then I think you will have to pay something like $150 to have the courts change it, but that isn’t the big of a deal really.

Btw, I envy that your husband is okay with you keeping your maiden name! Mine isn’t, hence speaking to the lawyer about name options lol.

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