Change My Name After Marriage??
Changing your name after marriage is completely up to you.
Whether or not you choose to change your name can have legal, cultural, and financial implications.
What's the easiest way to change my name after marriage? In most cases, your marriage license will do it. After all, it is (or should be) a legal document. It can be taken to various institutions as legal proof that your name has changed.
The marriage license has changed your name. Now comes the stressfull and labor-intensive part: Notifing everyone that YOUR NAME HAS CHANGED. This formal process of letting the appropriate government and corporate agencies know that you have a new name needs to be completed in a very timely manner.
It involves changing your name on your Social Security Card, Passport, Driver's License, Federal institutions such as the IRS, Post Office, Banks, Real Estate or Mortgage Companies, on Contracts, and anyone else you do business with.
The American tradition of a woman taking her new husband's last name is what we've grown used to. As women have made their own way in the professional world, and with marriages taking place later in life, many brides choose to keep their maiden names or use a hyphenated last name combining their last name with that of their husband's.
In many cases, that makes perfect sense. A reputation developed for a particular name should not have to be relinquished simply because of a marriage.
But, be prepared to endure a few inconveniences because of a hyphenated last name. What inconveniences? Well, it's just more cumbersome. It's longer. It's takes more time to spell out for all the people you give your name to.
Also be prepared for the fact that alphabetical systems often get hyphenated names placed incorrectly. After all, there is a human behind the placement.
If a company can't find you in their system, have them look under each last name (since you actually have two).
If I change my name after marriage to a hyphenated name, do I have to fill out forms? Yes, it is a legal name change. You no longer have your single maiden name.
The same can be said about cultural issues surrounding marriages in which the man takes the women's last name or any other combination of names. Simply put, a new name is a new name and has to be legally recorded as such.
There are multiple reasons people undergo name changes, and the reason often dictates the procedure.
I used an inexpensive legal software program to change my name after marriage and it took take the guess-work out of the process. The legal name change forms are all included in a kit along with detailed instructions. That's as easy as it gets.
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If you're a changing your name because of a marriage or a wedding, a divorce, or for purposes of Affidavit, these attorney-prepared Name Change Kits include all the information and instructions you'll need.
They are specifically designed to take the guesswork out of changing your name.
They provide all the legal documents required, from the civil cover sheet and application to the final order granting the change.
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