- 7 years ago
I’ve only recently found this out.
So at first I thought, ‘fine, I will legally change my name and be done with it’ but alas, simply wanting to take my husbands name is not a good enough reason in quebec to get my name changed. The reasons are explained below and this is backed up by the hours and hours of research I’ve done, with women who have been denied and these women had already been married, living for years in Quebec and had several children with their husbands. This proved to me as a newlywed, I didn’t have a chance.
Luckily for me. My Fiance and I are having a legal ceremony in our own country prior to our Destination Wedding in Mexico anyways. And luckily for for me, I am not legally a resident of Quebec yet, and am still registered as living in Ontario.
So we are going to skirt this issue by getting married at the Ottawa, ON courthouse and then i will proceed to legally change my name to his last name AND THEN move all my info to the Quebec side. This kind of sucks as the procedures for a legal name change are lengthy and cost a bit of money (nothing horrible though) and should I have been able to change my name non-legally, it would have been free. But honestly, I consider myself BLESSED I didn’t move to Quebec legally already. THANK GOD!
Changing my name is important to me as my father left my family when I was 8 and although isn’t a horrible person, is nothing to me and I am in no contact to eitehr him or his side of the family. Also, I have always been excited to take my husbands name. It is a sign of unity for me and I am thrilled to do so. I also like my new family all sharing the same name. It gives me comfort and joy.
To take this right away from me feels like a violation of my human rights. Hardly the feeling one should get if they actually created that rule for the reasons that is claimed.
How do you Quebecer Bees feel on this? I know lots of you who wanted to keep your maiden names anyways are not affected but I just thought that there had to be other Bees who felt similarily to me.
News story of a woman who brought it to the papers: