Post # 1
I am doing my civil marriage on September 1st (it is possibly the smallest gathering possible-me, my Fiance and two witnesses!!), and my 5 day long social marriage is in next July, in India, where my parents, friends, family will be present.
In the marriage certificate I have entered my new hyphenated last name. My question is, when should I start using my new last name? Can I not use it now, and change my last name (as in SSN, tax papers, passport etc.) only after I do the social? Because the point is, if I change my name in passport, I am worried that it can jeopardize my trip to India!!
Also, if I do not change my last name after marriage, can I still claim taxes as ‘married’? I am a bit confused, as I am not used to the name change blues!!
Post # 3
Perhaps an American Bee will need to correct me here, but I believe you can change your name at any point after legal marriage… immediately, or months or even years down the line. Of course you can claim taxes as married once you are, there are plenty of women who never change their names to their husband’s, so that has nothing to so with your legally married status. I agree with your passport concerns, especially if your trip to India is shortly after your civil marriage, and there will not be time to change your passport.
“In the marriage certificate I have entered my new hyphenated last name” I don’t know about this. I believe the marrige certificate is signed with your maiden name, as the name change is totally separate from marriage.
Is there another girl in your family who has done the same thing and married in the USA before the big ceremony in India? You might want to ask some cousins to see what they did.
Post # 4
I also agree with MissNoodles You need to be legally married first which means you have the person who legally married you and your Fiance signature on the marriage certificate and your signatures on t as well. Then you can start changing your last name when you have the original certificate in your hands because you need to show the people that to change your last name for your drivers license,SSN ect..