Complex name change: petitioning to change maiden name before taking husband's name

Asked over 1 year ago - Ventura, CA

I've been married for 3 years, but never took my husband's last name, even though I use his name socially. I want to make the change legally, but before I do, I want to change my maiden name. (I've severed all ties with that family and want to leave their name behind.)
Current name: A
Husband's name: B
Name I am petitioning for: C

Can you offer any advice in going from A ==> C ==> B?

Will I need a new license, soc card, passport, etc. in Name C before applying for them in Name B? Or is it enough to use my court certified paperwork to change my marriage license, using that amended marriage license to get new IDs in my new name (B)?

Do you see why I need advice? :-)

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  1. Anne Marie Healy

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . I would think that as long as you don't use the new name (C) for anything other than as a new last name, then you shouldn't need a new license, etc., before you change to your husband's last name (B).

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