(Closed) Not sure where to post.. Changing name a few years after the marriage?

posted 8 years ago in Names
Post # 3
2867 posts
Sugar bee

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, as I have two separate last names (technically supposed to just be a space between but often it’s hyphenated) and there is ALWAYS trouble locating my records.  I think it would be just as difficult with a hyphenated name if not more so…

EDIT:  I’m taking my Fiance’s name when I get married.  Growing up, I loved my name being unique but the hassle is too much for me.  Unfortunately, I’m remembered for my name, not for who I am.  If you’re in a professional environment where your name is well known, then I’d suggest leaving it the way it is.

Post # 4
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I think as long as you have your original marriage certificate and other required documents, you should have no problem changing your name.

I have a colleague who changed her name one year after getting married, and it didn’t affect the procedures.

Post # 5
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As long as you have the marriage license, you shouldn’t have any problems changing your name.  It depends on your location but you will either need to go to the DMV or SS office first to change your name.  In CO, it was the SS office first.

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee

Sorry, I reread your post.  You didn’t want an opinion on changing your name.  I just assume if you have your marriage license, it’ll be about the same to change your name as it would have been around your wedding.

Post # 7
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think it actually depends on the state or even the county.  For example, when we filled out our marriage license I was required at that time to choose whether or not I was changing my name.  It specifically stated that if I decided to change my name at a later point in time I would have to go to court to do so.  So you should probably check into what the rules are for where you live.

Post # 8
18 posts

I also didnt change my maiden name but decided after 6 months of marriage, I wanted to change it to my husbands (bc my passport expired).  It was a big ole pain and took forever even though my marriage liscence was less than 6 months old!

It depends on your location.  I live in a metro area and I had to go to the courthouse and file for an official name change sheet.  It cost $80 filing fee and a $78 publication fee.  Basically, the court publishes that you are changing your name for 4 weeks and if there are no objections, the court schedules a court date for you to come in, in front of a judge, to make it an official legal change.  It also takes forever.  I filed a name change in January and my court date is next week.  Seriously, it takes forever.

Post # 10
652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

doesn’t your husband also need to change his last name too?

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