(Closed) Legal Bees: Help me with this name change.

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 4
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979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Looks like hyphenating to me, but I am not sure.

Post # 6
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2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
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326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

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