Angela - DP and I both changed our last names to a new family name. I have also published and built a professional reputation with my maiden name, and here's what I did:
My maiden name is "Jane Doe." Our new family name is "Smith."
My new legal name is Jane Doe Smith.
Personally, I pretty much go by Jane Smith, Jane Doe Smith, or Jane D. Smith.
Professionally, I've kept it Jane Doe, because that's how people know me. The only exception is when signing legal...