(Closed) Need Legal Name change help!! Very very Complicated!!

posted 7 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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197 posts
Blushing bee

ok I don’t know if I am going to be much help because I got married in a different state but what we were told is we could put our new names on the marriage license, whatever they were going to be but it had to be a name that was already on the license somewhere. i.e.  a parents name or some part of our names. Does this make sense? For example, my husband never had a middle name officially (just got left off the birth certificate). When we were filling out the paperwork for the license, they said sure, we could add in a middle name for him but it had to be a name that was on the page somewhere. He could use his dads name or my middle name but couldn’t just pick a new one. Based on that, and if it’s the same way in Texas, I would think you could switch your first & middle names around.

As far as the passport and travel stuff, I still haven’t updated my passport with my new name, it still has my maiden name. I think as long as you passport matches what you put on the ticket, you’ll be fine. The gate agent isn’t going to know you are changing your name.

Hope this helps at all!

Post # 4
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489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well,  I am in Ohio and I work in the Probate Court, which we handle both legal name changes and marriage licensing. I haven’t worked in the name change stuff, but I did sit in on a name change hearing, but I do work in marriage licensing.

 

In our state, when you do a legal name change, there is a 30 day wait after you apply to do that because it has to go in the paper. Then there is a hearing to change your name. I would go ahead and change to your fiance’s last name as you won’t have to worry about doing that with Social Security and the BMV. You will want to check with the Court to see how long that takes in your state. After you get that done, you will need to get your passport asap. that usually doesn’t take any longer than a month, but make sure of what all you would need to send to them to make sure you don’t have any problems.You would really be cutting it close, but you could expedite the passport processing for a fee. I think you need to talk to the courts down there to make sure you have their process down and whether or not it is possible for this to be done in the time frame you have.

 

I hope this helps.

 

 

Post # 6
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m going through the exact same ordeal. I despise my legal first name and last name. I also went by a shortened version of my middle name since day 1 of my life (I like my middle name, however don’t like the shortened version). I’m waiting to do the awful process after we get back from our honeymoon. I will also be using my middle name as my first name and coming up with a new middle name. I love my family with all of my heart, but I can’t wait to take on my FI’s name!

Post # 8
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138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lwilliams107: Legally we are already married as of last year. I will have to check to be sure, but I am sure I will be going through the name change process without changing what is on my marriage license. I’m going to wait until we get back from our honeymoon to start it all. It’s a long process!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i am getting my passport in my old name. we wont even be able t omake it to the courthouse after the wedding and before the honey moon (we leave 7am the monday after) so for the honey moon i will still be miss c on everything but as soon as i get back i will be Mrs d

Post # 10
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2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

First ask the court the rules of name change for preference concurrent with name change for marriage.

Do the legal name change the week of your wedding (for your first name) if you can’t do them together.

 

Use your old name/IDs for the honeymoon. It can take months to transition, and you have to bring around documents (marriage license, old driver’s license, new driver’s license) in your wallet all the time. Make sure to book your FLIGHTS with your old name or they will not let you on.

 

Definitely smart to do both name changes together. Keep all your documents–you need them to apply for your passport. new ss card, new driver’s license, change name on investments/creidit cards, etc. 

 

It is a huge pain, but worth it to change both at once.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had the same situation as you. Since you want to change your first,middle,and last name, you have to go to court. I’m from NYC and this is the process…first I had to file a petition foe name change. I could have went in front of the judge the same day but they wanted my husband’s driver license and a form signed saying he agreed to my name change….that served as a notice to informed him of the name change. He did not go with me to court.

The the judge look over your petition and decide who to notify…in my case…she wanted a certified mail of my name change notice to my parents, social security administration, and immigration. And I also had to publish my name to a local newspaper. After the certified mail receipts return to my address, I had to go back to court to show the clerk that I have satisfied the judge’s order. Also, I had to bring back the actual newspaper clip of the notice of name change.

Then I had pay the clerk office to get the official name change court document with the seal; I bought a couple of copy for future use. Each time u need the document for social security administration or whatever, you can only get a copy through court; which is a hassle.

Next, I went to DMV, and social security office with your old ID and ss card along with your court order of name changes for new ID and ss card with your new name. Then you do the same for your passport.

It’s a lot of time, and money wasted but people will never mispronounce your name. I was told by the clerk office that I had a year to do all of this. Good luck!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Name change issues aside, if you are honeymooning soon after your wedding, book your flight with the name on your passport. take one last flight under your old name and deal with the legal matter when you get back.

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