New passport, new driver's license, new credit cards, new work ID, new checks, new name.
January 24, 2011 5:29 PM Subscribe
[When-to-change-name-filter] We were married by a judge in June 2010. Our big wedding is this May 2011. We're filing taxes jointly in a month or so. We're going on an out-of-country honeymoon in June 2011. Taking all of that into mind, when is it going to be easiest for me to legally take his name?
posted by kthxbi to law & government (21 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
If we weren't going on the honeymoon to Norway in June I would say it would be easy - wait until after we file taxes and then change my name. Since the marriage is already legal, the wedding this coming May is really just for family and friends and doesn't really matter with respect to the government. But given that we want to file jointly and that I need a valid passport in June, is it just going to be easiest to wait until July to change my name? I'd rather do it sooner than later, and I don't really care if it happens before or after the wedding since my parents have already started referring to me as a portmanteau of both of our last names.
I'm in the US.