Can I just change my first name and take my fiancé’s last name when I sign the marriage certificate, or do I need to go through the courts to change my first name?
With the divorce from my first marriage, the decree left off my middle name so I’d also like to add that back if possible.
You cannot legally change your name on a marriage certificate. You have to go through the proper name change procedure in California. http://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-namechange.htm
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You can take your fiancé's last name and you would need to indicate this when you take out the marriage license and then have it executed after your marriage ceremony. You dont' need to go through the courts to do this. As to the your middle name in the divorce judgment being left out, no that is not a problem. A divorce judgment only changes the last name. Your legal middle name is still valid. You just need to add it onto the marriage license.
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