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#1 User is offline   binxgal 

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I have decided to hyphenate my name for professional purposes, but take his name for personal purposes. How would I change that legally? Would I write the hyphenated name on the wedding license? Or just his last name? I'm confused and don't want to do it wrong!

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Actually, I believe that you use your maiden name on the marriage license and there is no mention of what you name will be after the marriage takes place. Speak to your minister or city hall clerk to be sure.

You will have to change your name to either the hyphenated name of your husband's last name so choose the name you want to have on your driver's license, social security card, etc. as your legal name. You can call yourself anything you want, but on legal documents you'll use the legal name.

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So, if I want to be referred as "Sally Smith-Jones" professionally, but "Mrs. Jones" personally..I would have to change it legally to "smith-Jones" on the documents?

My fiance is not happy that I want to hyphenate. My main reason is for professional purposes only. But, other times I will be referred by his last name only.

What do you think would be the best option? Can I legally change it to just his last name, but hyphenate on my professional documents (business cards, work related documents).

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We're not attorneys here, we're wedding experts, so if you need a real legal answer then, as I said in my previous response, please consult your city hall clerk or a local attorney. However, to my knowledge, I believe you can call yourself anything you want...heck, call yourself Gigi Magnolia if that suits you [:)] but change your name legally to whatever name you want the government to know you as (on your tax return, social security, when taking a loan from bank, etc.).

You really need to discuss this with your finace and come to an agreement that suits you both.

Good Luck!
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I work in science, so because I have already published, I will hyphenate my name legally just for work. So on my totally leagl documents (passport, licence, SS card, voting) I will use the hyphenated name therefore on anything I publish hereafter, I will use his name for credit cards, membership to stuff, etc. I actually already have a hyphenated name because my parents combined their names when they wed, so I also know that even at banks you can use just part of your name, because evn now I only use half my last name when I can which is almost everywhere. I think the biggies for you full legal name are SS card, voting, licence and passport.

Also you can drop your own middle name, use you maiden name as a middle name and just always use all 3 names when doing work related things, my friend did this.

Just be sure when you put in for a legal name change you use the whole thing exactly how you want it.

My fiancee is not jumping for joy about it either but he knows that is just protocal and that in 90% of life I will just use his name.

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Great! That helps alot. It makes alot more sense now. I wasn't sure exactly what needed to be changed. Thanks!

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Again, please consult your town hall clerk or an attorney.
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Yes, I will do that for sure! Thanks.

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