Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.To answer your question directly, you can most definitely continue to use your original name. That woud be considered your 'pseudonym' or your professional name. For example for attorneys when we get barred, the name that is on our bar certificate remains regardless on whether or not the attorney in question pursues a name change or gets married. The same courtesy is applied to other professionals. All you need to do is if you testify, you can state that your professional name is "A" and your married name is "B", which would no longer be concern for impeachment purposes.Good luck.
Christina,There is no 'case law' on this--even the IRS permits you to use a different name so long as you can prove that the name belongs to you. Your chief has no legal right or ability to compel the change--your name is XXXXX XXXXX change, not his. Explain to the chief that since the name belongs to you, he has no legal ability or right to compel a change, and if he is so concerned, have him call the union or city attorney for a clarification. He cannot compel the change especially since your 'professional' or 'stage' name can be different from your legal or married name.Good luck.
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