When we got marriedWhen we got married she took my name, mostly because I'm working on my doctorate and always imagined I'd be "Dr. MyLastName". It was really easy in MA because we're legally married and everything was done and changed in about six weeks. Unfortunately, fast forward a few years and she just applied for a passport and was told that the federal gov't won't recognize her name change because her marriage license is invalid. We really never saw that coming as social security had no problem with it... Grrr!
Sorry to hijack your thread, I'm just so frustrated with it all. Now I have my passport and she still has to do a bunch more paperwork and than have special notations on her passport for the next ten years!
I still think that this was the best choice for us though, now I can't say "oh that's such a 'mylastname' thing" cause she's one too!