Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:26 PM
I was just doing a bit of homework on getting that done, and one of the things that struck me as odd is the surname change. I always thought that what I'd like to do is just stick FI's surname at the end of my existing name. No hyphen, no half-his-half-mine. Just "Rebecca Smith Brown" (no, those aren't are our real last names).
But NYC says that if I don't want to give up my maiden name, my only options are hyphenating or combining. So "Smith-Brown" or "Smown" (hee... "Broth"). Now I'm re-thinking things.
I've got an established career, and I'm not really ready to make a wholesale name change (plus the fact that I like my last name and have had it for over 35 years). FI says he doesn't really care, but I think he really wants me to take his name, at least in addition to my maiden name.
What do you guys think? Hyphenate and suck it up? Ditch my maiden name? Keep my maiden name?
Stupid antiquated rules...
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 07:31 PM
If I wanted to change my name to Melissa R H, I'd have to be issued a brand new birth certificate and everything saying that's how I was born, and it's not, and I had an issue with that. I'd also have to pay some pretty good money to have my name changed.
It's garbage, isn't it?
Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:23 PM
Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:31 PM
Do what you feel is right...but it is a pain in the arse to do the whole change thing. Ugh!
Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:11 PM
I wonder why you can't do that in NY?
Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:58 PM
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