Post # 1
My Fiance and I will be combining our names when we get married. We won’t be hyphenating, just using half of his name and half of mine to form a new name all together. I have been trying to figure out if this is allowed in our state (Kansas) or if one of us will need to go through the legal name change petition prior to the wedding so we can then just change name based on marriage.
I know each state has different laws. I need to call the court and ask my question but I keep forgetting. So today I got on the Kansas government website and went searching through the statutes regarding marriage. This is what I found:
“Chapter 23.–DOMESTIC RELATIONS Article 1.–MARRIAGE
23-133. Designation of new legal name, procedure; certified copy of marriage license and certificate of marriage proof of identity. (a) At the time of marriage, a person may designate a new legal name, by which such person shall subsequently be known. Such name may include a combination of the person’s prior existing name and the prior existing name of such person’s spouse, or derivative versions thereof.”
When they say that we can have a combination of the persons prior name and the perior name of their spouse are they referring to hypenating? Or is making a new name with part of each allowed? Any insight??
Post # 4
Looks like hyphenating to me, but I am not sure.
Post # 5
@Rachel leigh- I fear that it means hyphenating. I’d really like to be able to combine without changing one of our names first, no going to court and no $200 fee. Better call tomorrow.
Post # 6
Hey, sorry for the long wait.
From my reading, you do not need to hyphenate. I would consider what you are doing to be more of a derivative than a combination. That said, don’t call the court, call your county clerk’s office (or whoever else handles marriage). They will know much more about marriage and name change than the courts.
Post # 7
I just did this an hour ago. I’ll use an example of the names you can choose if your original name was: Jane Marie Watson & you’re marrying John Adam Smith
You can become:
Jane Marie Smith
Jane Watson Smith
Jane Marie Watson-Smith
Jane Marie Smith-Watson
Jane Marie Watson
Yup, there’s only 5 options :P. He gets the same options too… but you can’t add a new name in there or anything like that. It made me so sad cause I was going to change my 1st name’s spelling & get a new middle name. You have to go to the court office to make any other name changes & pay extra for it too.
Post # 8
@serabell: Each state has different laws regarding name changes. I see that you are in Oregon, is that where you went to get your marriage license? I live in CA and I was given more options than the 5 that you named for your state.
CA, however, does specifically use the term “hypenate” when things absolutely need to be hyphenated. I know that is not the same as Kansas, but from reading the Kansas statute that you posted, there is no mention of hyphenation. Definitely call the county clerk just to be safe, but if they tell you no, be sure you can recite that statute back to them! I had to do that with my county clerk because they had been reading the statute completely wrong!
Post # 9
Ohh yea I guess it varies by state. I wish I had more options!! So I suppose my advice is only good to you Oregonian bees.