Originally Posted by Scalpel
Do you find that legally changing your name has helped your family more.. meaning less complications??...., insurance wise and other questioning of people?? What benefits other than everyone being the same have you found?
Yes, I think it probably is less complicated with insurance and school forms, etc. But I was really glad to change my name and to take dw's name and to have the same last name as our kids (I changed my name when they were about 8 months old). So, even if it hadn't made things easier, I still would have wanted to do it (I didn't love my maiden name . . . I really love my new name). I love that our answering machine says, "Hello, you've reached the ______'s!" I love that we are "THE ________s." Maybe the best benefit outside my own personal feelings has been the experience of dw's family seeing just how REAL our marriage is, and how I really am a part of their family, and the kids really are their grandkids/great-grandkids/nephews, etc.
Honestly, the only downside was the cost and the paper chasing in order to do it.