No need to Rush in Changing One’s Name after Marriage
Legal matters are another thing in marriage aside from the ceremony. This includes changing name after marriage. Some women would say that the bride has the misfortune of being the one whose name gets changed after marriage. Other women would believe that they should rush to make this change as soon as the marriage is done.
Experts however say, no need to rush changing name after marriage.
A lawyer says that the Civil Code of the Philippines, the law that regulates marriages, does not require brides to changing mame after marriage to their husbands’ at once. Practically speaking, rushing to change your surname could mean a lot of headaches, knowing the procedures and fees involved.
Although, there are some records that are best updated after marriage. Your taxpayer information is one. Remember, married couples can avail of tax breaks.
When updating some government records, such as your social security (SSS) information, there are some things to avoid. If you’re going to keep your maiden name, prepare to deflect people telling to “request name change.” Unless that’s what you’re really going to do, no, don’t do it. Another is when some people tell you that you can’t list your spouse as a beneficiary without a name change. That is false. Some government officials will even change your name for you without your permission. Make sure to fight for the name you want, because name discrepancies can spell a boatload of trouble, and sometimes, it becomes something that needs to be settled in court.
One advantage also to recent times is that the Internet makes forms available for download, so you could study them before you file.
One tip when you’re updating records: make sure to have several copies of your marriage certificate ready. And when you’re going to the government offices, make sure you bring all your important documents, including your birth certificate and passport. Nothing helps you more than being prepared. And remember; no rush in changing your name. Just status will do if it’s relevant.
Check out this link for government requirements and marriage license requirements.
So here are some celebrities who decided to keep their maiden names instead