A bride's name changing options
When you find that special person you want to share the rest of your life with, a new chapter of your life begins. Many questions will rise when organizing your wedding. Which wedding dress suits me best? Who and how many people to invite? But perhaps more long lasting than the planning and arranging of your wedding will be changing names. It might come as a surprise that up to 80 per cent of brides decides to change their name. But changing your name is not straightforward business in Florida, as a bride you have several name change options or you can just continue to use your maiden name after marriage.
Firstly, around 85 per cent of women decide to drop their maiden name and adopt their husband’s name. As the most straightforward and popular choice, you might find this as most suitable for your situation. Secondly, a bride can opt for adding their husband’s name to their own. When you decide to add your partner’s name to your own, it is your choice whether you use a hyphen or space between the surnames. You can change your name in any order, although traditionally the husband’s name will appear last.
Previous mentioned options are perhaps most common and clear-cut; however as a bride you might opt for something different. For instance, when your maiden name is linked with your professional identity – you published academic papers, set up a business, or built a reputation in your industry – you might decide to keep your name. You can choose to have both your maiden name and your husband’s name in different places, this is completely legal. If you decide to just keep your maiden name, don’t worry! Changing your name after marriage is not obligatory, and influenced by custom. Keeping your maiden name does not mean you love each other less.
An increasingly more popular option is to settle for a combination of both your surnames. In this manner you will have to get a legal name change for both you and your partner. A common practice is to merge both surnames into one shared name. For instance, if your last name is Westwood and your husband’s Moore, a possible merged surname would be Westmoore. Do note that a legal name change takes longer, so it might be wise to get started on this before the wedding.
Once you have made the decision to change your name, you’ll need a marriage certificate to start updating your records. Firstly, update your details with the Social Security Administration, since many government departments will need these records before they can change your name. After this, notify all other organizations of your name change.
This can take long and thorough research, googling and waiting on hold. If you want to save yourself several hours of pain you can get a personalized name change kit that compiles all the paperwork for you. Kits, like the one from Easy Name Change, will provide you with all the necessary forms for over 500 Florida and national organizations, and includes the SSA form for name change. Remind yourself, a name change includes many organizations, clubs and memberships, so take your time to arrange everything. You don’t want to end up with work up to two years after your wedding.
Whatever you opt for remember that customs and traditions do not dictate your options for name changing. Choose that one which makes you happy, and arrange it accordingly.
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