What’s in a married name?

Here’s something I didn’t know: while a newly married woman can easily have her last name legally changed to her husband’s on a drivers license, a man would have to jump through a bunch more hurdles, including:

…a $350 fee, court appearances, a public announcement and mounds of paperwork to make a change on (driving licenses) that are routine for women who marry. [Reuters]

An L.A. resident formerly known as Michael Buday recently challenged California courts on the matter and won. He now carries is wife’s last name, and the 31 year old is now legally known as Michael Bijon.

A subsequent lawsuit led to a new California state law guaranteeing the rights of both married couples and registered domestic partners to choose whichever last name they prefer on their marriage and driving licenses.

I wonder what, if any, ramifications this could have on anyone seeking the same path Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took, whose own last name is actually a combination of his family birth name Villar, and his now ex-wife’s, Raigosa?

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One response to “What’s in a married name?

  1. After many years of marriage, my sister changed her name legally to her husband’s name and had to jump through all sorts of hoops – including getting his permission.

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