In Canada you have to call up the Canada Revenue Agency and tell them yourself before your next tax return. If you have any pets, don’t forget to call your local vet and update that information! Dont forget if your profession requires a licensure or certification to change your name on their registry, ie: RNs, CNAs, MDs, other health professionals, etc.
Agree with the previous poster on car registration and title — I neglected to this on my first trip to the DMV, so now I have to make a return trip. Also, many states require you to fill out a new voter registration form hen you change your name. Or to make it even simplier you can just keep your maiden name and not even change it (like I did) I think taking the mans last name is an outdated tradition that is stupid.
I love this article, I love this blog, and all comments except yours which is completely out of whack. Expecting a woman to go through all of this time, effort, and money to change all of those documents is ridiculous, especially when the thought of a man doing the same is barely ever considered.
Your personal opinion on others changing their personal name seems more oppressive than following a silly tradition. Don’t forget to update your frequent flyer programs so you accrue miles under the same account. Though you may have wanted to take your husband’s name when you married, it can be a painful reminder of bad times to keep his name after you’ve divorced.
By far, the easiest and best way to do this is to make the request during the divorce proceedings. Once you receive the Divorce Decree that authorizes the name change, there are still a few things that you will need to do. India, known to be a land of never-ending traditions and customs, and mostly those which are meant for women, has had a tradition to give up on a woman's maiden name and adopt that of her husband's.
However, contrary to popular belief and the prevailing customs in India, the Indian law gives the freedom of choice to women to retain their maiden name even after marriage. Moreover, as per a recent amendment in September 2011 to a crucial rule framed under the Family Courts Act, 1988, if a woman has not adopted her husband’s name after marriage, she can initiate divorce proceedings in her maiden name or any other name that has been adopted and notified in the official gazette and cannot be compelled to add her husband’s name to her name while filing a marriage related petition. So with the law on name changing being clear, and if you do decide to change your name after marriage, it can be done so by getting the changed name published in the official gazette. Wedding websites are being popularly used by couples as the smartest way to share their big news.


Stunning Meghna Das Thakur who is half Bengali and half Kannadiga and Andrew Harris, the American groom tied the knot in a Hindu traditional vedic ceremony.
Wedding photography has changed over the years and there has been a mix of modern and centenarian art.
The only thing I would add is that if you, like me, decide to hyphenate your last name, it does get a bit more complicated. I was uninsured prior to our marriage, so I gave them my new insurance card, and then when they sent the claim in they neglected to change my last name on their patient files and so we got a statement that I was a non-covered person and the claim was denied! A friend of mine told me that if you apply for your new passport within 30 days of changing your name, you don’t have to pay for the new one, so do it quick! Remember your Airline and other tickets must match your Passport or you might be going nowhere fast! I’m surprised so many ladies commented, including one who is getting married the second time, and not one person suggested the obvious alternative.
Also, don’t forget to change any pensions that you may be vested in from a past employer. Wondering if I will have time to do all of this since my wedding is in mid-october and I wont be getting back from my honeymoon until around all the holidays.
To the commenters who said there is logic to a wife changing her name – that tradition comes from a time of female oppression and for some reason it still persists today, despite many other similar traditions being done away with.
Keep your identity, and be a part of a progressive movement to end all of the oppressive traditions that put women one peg below their male counterparts.
Why did you click on a “how to change your name after marriage” (indicating the wish to take a partners surname) article if all you want to do is bash it? It is for this reason that it is quite common for women to resume their maiden (or other prior) name change during or after a divorce.
For instance, you will need to contact the Social Security Office and go through their process of changing your name and updating your records. Some communities in India have gone to the extent of changing a woman's first name as well, after she gets married, which in effect completely wipes out her identity before marriage. There is no provision of law which mandates a woman to change her name after marriage which makes it clear beyond doubt that the option resides completely with the woman herself. On the other hand, even after divorce, if the woman desires to continue with her husband’s name, there is no restriction on that, unless of course she does so with an intention to defraud him. This can be done by submitting a form for name change to the Department of Publications (Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India) which is then published in the Gazette of India Notifications.


It is in fact a very essential document that couples generally tend to overlook in the euphoria and fanfare of their marriage.
It has become more technical than what it was earlier however the essence of wedding photography is still in the simplicity and ethnicity.
Some states in the US don’t allow you to hyphenate your name upon marriage without hiring a lawyer and actually going to court and paying for the name change (Missouri, for instance). So, if you have had your passport for more than one year when you get married you have to pay the full cost of a new one. My hubby dislikes it and people look at me oddly when I give out my name and its different than my hubby’s. If you are so concerned with your family having the same last name, here’s a crazy thought, have your husband change his name!
This is an INFORMATION article, to be used at the readers discretion… We are all very aware oppression vs. I WANT to carry my husbands name- for reasons you obviously would argue with so I won’t waste my time. This has been affirmed by the court of law recently wherein it was held that a woman had the right to define her own identity, and her name being her biggest identity. Many women prefer to stick to their husband’s name even after divorce due to the cumbersome procedure of getting the name changed in all legal documents like passports, ration cards, voter identity cards, driving license and other official documents and also because the children might be using the husband’s surname. If leaving the country for your honeymoon I HIGHLY recommend doing all the nasty name change business after you return. You will need to notify your credit card companies, utility providers, banks, and other such companies.
The exercising of the option to change your name or not after marriage, should be solely a womans decision, and she should not blindly follow the traditions unquestioningly.
This process may be time consuming, but it’s critical that it be done in order to avoid unnecessary headaches and confusion down the road. The way I got around it was to get my social security card first, since that has to do with the federal government, and then the local dmv had to accept the hyphenated name on my ssc and change it on my driver’s license without the added costs. Since you’re so outspoken about your own decision, you should know your comment is the only one negative here.



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