Post # 1
Since I’m in academia and have published under my maiden last name, it would be nice to keep it. I also really like the idea of having the same last name as my to-be-husband and eventual kids though, so am happy to change my name legally.
I’m curious how keeping your maiden name professionally, but legally changing it to your married name has been working for anyone here. The one issue I keep thinking of is the payroll dept knowing you by HisLastname, but then your office door saying Maidenname. Has anyone had any problems with it? Or while traveling on business?
Post # 3
I have asked this question to many academics IRL, since this is my plan, too. All of them said it’s actually quite common, so payroll and travel departments know how to deal with it fine. Just give them a heads up when the legal change happens, and if you change jobs. Other than that, they all said they have experienced no trouble. Some opted for hyphenating legally, in order to make it more clear for people.
Caveat: I asked in the US, you are in Australia, I am now in Europe.
Post # 4
My aunt does this but slightly differnetly. She never legally changed her last name due to her professional identity being associated with her maiden name. However, she uses his last name socially. All of her id is still in her maiden name´so traveling is not an issue. However, she gets mail with his last name and also sometimes she hyphens. I never knew it was legal to use both but aparetnly she’S never had problems.
I’m also in academia but have not published much to date and will be married before any further publications become an issue so I will change my name.