Questions Can I change my name if my marriage is common law? How do I implement my name change? Do I have to go to court to change my name after marriage or divorce? What should I do if I have a hard time getting my new name accepted? I just don't like my birth name and I want to change it. Can I choose
Name changes are not complicated, but you should use court proceedings (the "court method"), rather than the old "usage" method (with DMV and Social Security), to change your name. Today, because of identity theft and terrorism fears, most agencies won't change your records without a court order.
My husband changed his name right after we got married three years ago. Our marriage certificate has his old name. Now we are expecting our first child and I want to hyphenate my name with his. It seems no one will let me take his name without legally changing it in court -- a process that will cost about $300. I have changed my business cards at work to reflect the new name, but without a Social Security card, I can't get a new license or anything else. What can I do?
A paternity test has shown that the person named on my child's birth certificate isn't actually her father. Can I legally remove the man's name from my child's birth certificate and change her last name to mine? What should I do?