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Its about marriage certificate. It says "Marriage license…

Its about marriage certificate...

Its about marriage certificate. It says "Marriage license Jerry ****** and Ivana ******" but it also says "Return license to Mr & Mrs Jerry ******." So is my legal name ****** or ******? I am Ivana.its from Texas

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps has the Mrs. taken? Have they filed any papers in TX family court?

Filed and returned to ****** County Marriage Records

Lawyer's Assistant: Have they talked to a lawyer about this yet?

No

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I stated I keep my maden name ***** but it looks to me like they made a mistake and my name is ****** now

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Ignore that "return to" language. Your name remains Kratochvil unless you formally change it with the SSA and DMV, as well as your US Passport (if any).

If you do wish to change it, then you typically have to send the form in for the change within 6 months of being married; if you try to do it later, you'll have to get a formal court order from the family court.

NOTE that your change is limited to HIS last name or YOURS and HIS with a hyphen, or, your last name as your middle name and his last name as your last name.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago

What if the ****** County Marriage records say Licence mailed to names Mr. & Mrs. Jerry ******?

That does not matter. The verbiage in that "mailed to" is not "official," it is simply automatic text printed by the county records because they DO NOT KNOW who is changing their name and who is not, and it is easier to let the computer program just plug in ONE NAME.

So my answer stands as is. Unless/until you formally change your name with the appropriate government agencies (SSA, license, passport), you still go by your maiden name.

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