Even though name changes by women, after marriage, are common, it is by no means something that has to be done. It is a custom/tradition that has lasted through generations, and is adhered to by a fair portion of the married population across the world. If you do decide to take on your husbands name after getting married, there are a few steps that you need to take. Some of these details will vary by state; however, they are mostly similar across the United States.
When completing your marriage certificate/license, you can submit a name change along with the same document, and upon getting married you will be able to use your new name. Once the marriage ceremony is over, a person changing their name should do all of the following:
You should keep in mind that since the name change is not a requirement, there could be advantages to keeping your maiden name. For example, if you have established a well-recognized professional or public identity then it is a good idea to keep your maiden name.
Changing your last name on all documents, accounts, etc, can be a hassle, and will take time and money, so you may decide that it simply is not worth the effort and expense to go through with a name change.
There are of course some advantages to changing your last name; however, they are minor benefits such as faster processing of some government or business procedures, or avoiding friction with in-laws in the future.
It is not necessary to have a lawyer in order to do a name change; however, if you would rather have someone else worry about the details and paperwork and you have the money to spend on a lawyer, then it can certainly make things easier.
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