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  1. Followup: Playing the family name game.

    jake on 2007.06.07
    at 12:39 am

    The other night I found a first hand experience of a man changing his name. Like some of the situations discussed before, this was simply a concatenation of the two family names. My friends Tom and Liz wanted to merge their last names into one, gloriously hyphenated, when they married. Liz simply had to sign a document while getting their license. Tom had a bigger ordeal, compounded with poor timing.

    For Tom to get his name changed he needed to go to a probate judge. This is rather silly to begin with. Worse the local judge only sees such cases within a few hour time span, on Thursdays. The problem Tom faced at the time was that this had to be done as soon as possible and he just started a new job. And had a bunch of meetings on Thursday. Luckily he talked someone into dealing with him right then and there. That talk cost him an extra $150.

    Why would they make something so simple such a pain in the ass? I understand that it’s currently unorthodox but it’s not like Tom wanted to change his name to something silly. It was directly related to his marriage and Liz simply had to sign a document. Couldn’t Tom have done the same thing? Shouldn’t he be able to?

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    1. Tyler said on 2007.06.08 at 11:38 am

      The Name Game

      I agree totally. It sounds like sexism to me. If the woman wants to change her name it’s just a simple form, but if the man wants to, he has to pay 150 bucks and go before a judge?

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