>I was reading a post by singlegirle about how she changed her name when she got married and subsequently changed it back upon her divorce, thereby regaining her identity. It got me thinking… always a dangerous thing.
Never have I wanted to take a man’s name. I’ve thought about it. Honestly, what woman hasn’t? But, I really like my last name. It’s been the same for my whole life. Why should I change it? Tradition is a stupid reason. Plus, in the professional world, I have seen too many people confused when a woman gets married. “Is her last name Smith or Jones now? Which one was her maiden name, again?”
Should I ever find myself faced with a real marriage prospect, I might consider a compromise. No, not a hyphenate. Either two last names or one that is legal and one that is more like a nickname. I’ll be Mrs. So-and-So in my personal life and Ms. Me in my professional one. I’m also of a mind not to commingle funds. That’s not to say we wouldn’t share expenses, I’m just a control freak who wants to be in charge of her money. Although, if I’m married it’s legally not my money. It’s “our money”, right?