How to Change Your Name
After Marriage

Marriage Name Changes

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After all of the fun and excitement of planning and experiencing your wedding, comes the arduous task of changing your name. More and morewomen these days are choosing not to do so, and when you contemplate the task ahead of you, it's not hard to see why.

According to the Bride to Be Cost of Love Survey, 82% of newlyweds choose to change their name, and in a recent survey by the wedding industry over 20% of new brides commented that they were nervous about the name change process. Changing your name may seem a bit daunting and slightly overwhelming, but changing your name after you get married is actually a quite straight forward process. It's just a bit time consuming and it helps if you know where to start, and have a plan.

If changing your name is something that you want to do, there are a few options for you to choose from:

    * Take on your husband’s last name.
    * Hyphenate your last names (ie Smith-Jones), which approximately 5% of brides do.
    * Double barrel your names (ie Smith Jones).
    * Turn your maiden name into a new middle name and take on your husband's name as your last name.
    * Make up a new last name that is a combination of your maiden name and married name.
    * Make up a totally new name.

You can start using your new name whenever you like, and you don't actually have to change your name on any documentation if you don't want to, this is called name by association and is perfectly legal. Quite a few new brides take on their husband's name in this way - they use their married name in social circles, but keep their maiden name on their official ID documentation. This is particularly useful if you've built up a career in your current name, or your professional identity would benefit from keeping the same name. For most though, this can get confusing, which is why most newlyweds choose to change their name on your driver's license, passport, bank accounts etc, and go about their name change in a more official way.

And here is the good news: if you're just taking on your husband's name, this is a very simple process; A Marriage Certificate issued by your state or territory's Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is sufficient evidence that you have married and you do not need to go through any application process to change your name. While this will not change your name on your birth certificate / birth record, it will allow you to legally change your name on all of your identification documents. You can start officially changing your name as soon as you are married and have your Marriage Certificate.

If you are wanting to change your name in any other way however, you will need to go through the standard name change process. (This involves filling out a name change application form and submitting it to your state's Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. Once approved, the Registry will supply evidence of your change of name, which is what you use to change your name with organisations. More information is here).

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