Post # 1
Hi dear bees, I got married and my husband asked me (begging for it, I remember) to take his last name. I wanted to keep my maiden name but he convinced me. I legally changed it and I am not very happy about it…but because I love him…you know…I quit my last name
I am new in the country (EEUU) and I am not currently working or studying because I am waiting for my paperwork to be completed and become legal. I am planing to go to the dental school to complete two years of classes for foreigner trained dentists and getting my degree in order to practice dentistry in the USA.
My question is, can I legally use my maiden name in professional settings? I mean, instead of being known as DR. “His lastname” can I be legally called Dr. “My maiden name”? I would like to be known as Dr. “My maiden name”.
What can I do about it? is that possible? is there any legal thing to do?? some one can tell me please?? do I need a lawyer? if so, can I do all the procedure by myself or do I need my husband’s signature or something like that??
thank you bees, any info will be totally useful for me
Post # 3
I assume you can….I know that my bank said that I can still use my maiden to sign or I can use the hubby last name.
Post # 4
I’m in healthcare. And as far as I know, your legal name is what you must practice under. That is, your legal name must match your dentistry license etc. This is why I chose not to change my legal name. I don’t mind if people call me Mrs. “Husband’s Last Name” socially, but professionally I’m going with my maiden name just to keep things more simple. If we have children, we’ll use my maiden name as their middle name(s) so they’ll have a little something of both of us.
Post # 5
It depends. Not sure where you’re from/are but if you did a ‘personal’ legal name change and your birth cert now says your husbands name, then no, you cannot. If you either assumed your husbands last name or did a legal name change based from your marriage certificate and your bc still either has your maiden name or it states that you are now Mrs. so and so and that your maiden name ‘used to be’ such and such, you’re good to go.
But I’m from Canada, so it could be totally different here
Post # 6
I just googled it and this is what came up for wikipedia-
Laws respecting married names vary. In areas whose legal systems derive from the English common law—such as most parts of the USA, Canada, and the UK—a name change usually does not require much legal action, because a person can choose to be known by any name (except with intent to defraud). Married persons who take their spouse’s name must get a new driver’s license and National Insurance or Social Security card, etc., and inform the company they work for, etc.
Post # 7
If you want to be known professionally by your last name, you need to change it back to your maiden name. This isn’t going to be as easy as changing your name when you get married, usually you have to go to court to change your name if it doesn’t have to do with a marriage or divorce.
Post # 8
Thank you all bees,
oh my gosh…..it sounds very complicated. I already have a temporary work card with his last name on it. I am in his health ensurance and my card has his last name. He recently opened a common credit card account and my card says his last name on it. All mails I get are addressed as My Name His Last…so that means it is already legally changed. When I changed my name I did it in a blind “state” I mean, with out knowing how things work here in the USA (I am from Venezuela) I signed papers, I changed my old signature, etc. My husband said that my new last name (his) would be only for legal purposes like the green card, passport, SSN, and such. However, he didn’t clarify how would be professionally. I dropped my middle name and I am using my last name as a middle name (it is weird but ….) and his last. However, I thought that in professional settings would be different: I could use my maiden name on my liscence and be known as Dr. My Last name (now my middle name).
I heard that using my maiden name in professional settings will open job opportunities’ door because of the bilingual thing (not garanteed though)…but if I am known as Msr. His Last (which is American) is like I were one lenguage speaker. In addition, I love my maiden name: my dad’s last name wich I am very proud of.How can I make people call me as My Name My Middle Name His Last Name together instead of being called My Name His last only? I really really didn’t know that if I wanted to keep my maiden name in professional settings I should not legally change anything….too late I guess
Is there anything else I can do now?? if someone is an expert on the topic please I would appreciate your imput The court thing sounds scary, lol
Post # 9
I know I’m in a competely different field, but I am a teacher and I am still going by my maiden name. I know of many other teachers who are doing the same thing.
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Why would she have to? I’m not a legal expert, but like I said above, a lot of people still go by their maiden names in my field. Why would it be different in medicine? Just curious, not disrespecting. 🙂