It’s a personal choice nowadays whether to take your partner’s name once you are married. Although no longer expected, many women do still want to have the same surname as their partner, whether this be by taking their partner’s name or by using a combination of both surnames. Either way, there will be legal requirements to any change of name.
It’s a big decision to make and it’s often more emotional a process than legal. While some brides can’t wait to take on their partner’s name, others toy with the idea for a long time. Grooms can sometimes take offence too, seeing their partner reluctant to take their name. There are plenty of reason it can cause emotional distress, from the fear that you will lose your independence and identity, to simply not liking the new surname or how it sounds.
Communication is key, so if you do have concerns, be sure to talk to your partner about it. There are several options that you can talk through and find something that works for the both of you.
You may not even realise all the options that are available to you. Some require the use of deed poll, some just your marriage certificate. Meshing surnames, double barrelling or taking your maiden name as a middle name are all possibilities. When you get to the legalities of the name change however, there are several aspects of your life that will be affected. Personal and social, medical, professional and legal. You really need to be aware of all these and make yourself a checklist to ensure nothing gets overlooked.
In this infographic, we guide you through the process to make sure you aren’t caught out by a technicality further down the line. With some simple tips on things to watch out for, you can prepare for the name change, whatever form that might take.
[su_box title=”About The Author” box_color=”#79797a”]John Patterson writing on behalf of The Daffodil Hotel The Daffodil Hotel Blog is the home of luxury lifestyle advice, news from the Lake District and a range of useful infographics. Covering everything from stylish weddings to the region’s iconic cuisine – there’s truly something for everybody. The Daffodil Hotel & Spa is located in stunning surroundings on the banks of Grasmere. To learn more about this award-winning venue, visit the site. [/su_box]