How long does it take for your name to change?
The court process of getting a court order after filing a Petition for Change of Name can take up to 3 months. First, you file your petition. Then, you will get a court date between 6 and 12 weeks away.
Do you have to change your name right away when you get married?
The State recognizes the right of the man to change his name as a result of marriage. It's important to note that if you are recently married and want to have your last name changed to your spouse's last name, going to court is not required.
Can you change last name before marriage?
Before you can change your name, you'll need the original (or certified) marriage license with the raised seal. Call the clerk's office where your license was filed to get copies if one wasn't automatically sent to you. 2.
Can you change your last name to your partner without getting married?
If as a couple you do not want to get married (or enter into a civil partnership), it is entirely within your rights for one or both of you to change your surname to match your partner's, giving the appearance of a married couple.