Hi again, and thank you Kasey,
(For identity protection reasons, I would like to refer to my full maiden name as "Kasey Cohen" & my possible married name as "Kasey Buehsey". For reference, I am from Eaton County, Michigan.) OK.
I would like to list my "intended name" on my marriage license as "Kasey Buehsey" but not change my maiden name with the social security office or other legal documents, OK, Kasey Cohen, it sounds like, will remain on all of your legal documents, except your marriage license.
so that I can continue to legally use my maiden name of "Kasey Cohen" for professional purposes. You can generally use whatever name you wish, regardless of which is on any particular legal document. Legally speaking. For practical reasons, occasionally that can throw a wrench into things, but it is not illegal to call yourself and introduce yourself as you see fit, unless for fraudulent purposes or some other illegal purpose.
However, I would like the ability to legally refer to myself as "Kasey Buehsey" on school records for my future children & socially. I do just this myself. As a lawyer, when I married, I did not wish to legally change him name to my husband's, while my professional license, etc., is in my maiden name. So, I legally changed nothing. When I signed my kids up for school, (and take them to the doctor), I made sure to include somehow the married last name, since that is their last name. They didn't check my ID, so it was not an issue. Moreover, they are not unfamiliar with this. When I call the school I always use my married name, so there is no confusion - they know which kid is mine with ease. Keep in mind, I did not write my husband's last name as my intended on my marriage cert. The marriage cert. will typically include your maiden name simply because it ties you (and existing identity) to this marriage. And intended married name need not become your legal name on drivers license, SS card, etc. Your marriage cert., however, does generally entitle you to an easy way of changing these other documents TO a married name, should you choose to, instead of having to file a court petition to do so. Those that don't marry and get that automatic method, generally have to petition the court for a 'legal' name change, and that Order is then used by them to change SS card, which is then used to change DL, etc.
Am I legally allowed to use both names whenever I choose to, Generally, yes. as long as my bank accounts, work records, & taxes are under my maiden name? (or do I even have to do that?) You can change whatever you wish. However, your bank will typically need to see ID that matches what name you want on your account, and a marriage cert. will not suffice to allow you to put a married name on it if it differs from your SS card and your DL.
Basically, I ask because I dislike my possible married name, but my Fiancé is relatively instant that I take his name, That is a shame.
despite wanting to retain the legal ability to use my maiden name when I see fit. You can use it as you wish - just remember that on very legal items, when we need to show ID to show we are who we purport, we will want them to match.
I know that this is legal in British Columbia (I have a friend there), & this is why I ask. Not illegal here either.
Also, if this is illegal for me to do, if I hyphenate my name it "Kasey Cohen-Buehsey" am I allowed to go by "Kasey Cohen" &/or "Kasey Buehsey" whenever I want to & sign only one of my two names depending on the situation? Sure, you can do that also. Interestingly, sometimes, because I am not sure what the entity has me at, I may put First Maiden (Married) (sometimes hyphenated) or vice versa, so they know to look for both. I have never, ever, ever, had a problem, 10 years later and 2 children later.
Thank you very much!
"Kasey"You are welcome! Signed "Alexia" lol.
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