On every board I peeked at in my recent forays, there was at least one (sometimes more) name change threads. This is another topic that could have very different issues from that of younger brides.
No judgement--just curiousity--what are your plans?
Interesting name change stories I've seen:
[QUOTE]These days, growing numbers of young Swedes about to marry are not only choosing flatware patterns but also picking new names. Sometimes it is an older family name; more often it is one they simply concoct. [/QUOTE]
And here in Massachusetts, an interesting factiod:
[QUOTE]In Massachusetts, Party A and/or Party B in a marriage can announce the intention to change their last names to anything they want right on the marriage license application (with some legal parameters). Massachusetts is one of the few states that doesn’t require men, and men only, to take the extra step and get a court order to change a last name after marriage.[/QUOTE]
I'm keeping mine. I'm a scientist, and have 20 years of professional publication history, business cards, and contacts with my existing name. I also have a real estate trail, and various other contractual pieces in my name. Because of the MA law, I asked FI if he wanted to change his. He snorfed. We have the additional complexity of 2 countries. If we need legal documents of any sort, complicating anything with a name change could be a problem, with no real advantages. We will not be having kids.