(Closed) If you get married but don't change your name who do you have to notify?

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t really think you need to notify any other agency unless you were changing your name….

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t change my name and we updated things as they came up. For us, we initially started with health insurance, car insurance, and taxes, like you.

Otherwise, there wasn’t a whole lot. I wasn’t aware of things that HAD to be updated, other than the IRS (via taxes) and insurance (which is technically elective in that you don’t have to be a dependent and your spouse doesn’t have to be on the car title/insurance if you don’t want it)–your marriage license goes on file with the State as it is…

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Banks if you intend to have joint accounts. Show marriage certificate, but make sure they don’t take it upon themselves to change your last name.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you plan to file your taxes jointly, notify have your Darling Husband change his filing status to married.  I think you just have to fill out a new W-4 (or whatever form it is where you list the number of withholdings, etc.)  But I think you got everything else covered.  Oh, maybe update any living wills or advanced directives if either of you has one to indicate your spouse is now the next of kin.  

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You don’t need to show a marriage license to have joint bank accounts. Darling Husband and I had joint accounts long before we were married.  As long as we both had ID to prove our own identities, it didn’t matter if we were married or not.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I didn’t change my name with my first marriage and I really didn’t have to notify anybody! Life is way easier when you don’t change your name!

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

You’ll need to notify investments (401k, etc) if you want to change your beneficiary- whatever’s listed in your account would override a will.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper

@StuporDuck:  why banks?  (I ask because we have a joint account and I don’t recall our marital status ever being asked).

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I never changed my name and didn’t have to notify anyone. We have joint accounts and the bank never asked our marital status or questioned the fact our names were different. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

If you plan to go on one another’s health insurance, make sure you notify your insurance company within 30 days of your marriage, otherwise you have to wait until the next open enrollment period.  

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Health insurance and IRS. Places like Drs offices, just change your marital status.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Health insurance and IRS. Places like Drs offices, just change your marital status.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@rebwana:  depends on the state.  In NJ you cannot indicate anyone other than a spouse as your beneficiary, (unless it’s to your estate) without their written/notarized permission.

 

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