Name Change After Marrying
Are you considering changing your name once you get married? It’s a personal choice as to whether you want to – obviously you don’t have to, and you don’t not have to. Me, well when I got married the second time I kept my first husband’s last name (weird, huh, but it’s my kids last name, you see). My current husband and I unofficially call each other ‘Mr and Mrs Hotten-Brown’ or ‘Mr and Mrs HB’ for short. It’s almost like I’m going through life collecting husbands’ names… And yes, Mr HB is an amazing man without one iota of jealousy in his body and, call us freaks, but my first husband came to my second wedding with his partner. But that’s a whole other story that I won’t bore you with…
So, getting back onto topic, if you do want to change your name, you will first need to get your standard marriage certificate from the Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) in the State where your marriage took place. I always email couples I work with details on how to do this after their wedding, and your celebrant can give you guidance on this, but below is a list of where to apply for your marriage certificate via Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia:
The super-handy name change check-list has proven to be a real help for those considering changing their name. I have a printed version of this that I give to all couples just after their marry.
Once you’ve got your hands on your certificate, it’s time to start contacting people to let them know. It’s a laborious process, and there are undoubtedly some on the list below which are not relevant to you, and some not on the list which are. Below is a starter for ten, but if you’d like to provide me with any suggested inclusions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
Hope this helps, and if you’d like a PDF version of this emailed to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0478041227.