5 Financial and Logistical Checkpoints Newlyweds Must Navigate
Getting married should be one of the most exciting events of your life. Whether you throw a lavish party with hundreds of guests, choose a more intimate affair with close friends and family, plan a destination wedding, or elect to travel to Vegas or your local courthouse, deciding to spend your life with someone is a monumental step. Whichever wedding you arrange, you’re bound to have years’ worth of special memories.
After all the partying is over, though, you will have to begin your life together. Give yourself a little time to just enjoy each other’s company and bask in your newfound oneness. Next, turn to the task of evaluating and changing the aspects of your life that need to be altered now that you are no longer single. Here are five important issues to keep in mind as you start a new life with your spouse.
1. If you decide to change your name
If you or your spouse chooses to change your last name, you will need to file for a new Social Security card. This is the first step you should take, because you will most likely need to legally change your name and obtain a new card in order to change your name on your passport, license, bank accounts, credit cards, insurance, and tax forms, as well as any other pertinent items that require your legal name. You should also inform your employer of any name changes, and if possible, let your employer know before you get married so that the can prepare any necessary changes.
In order to change your name on your Social Security card, you will need an original or certified copy of your marriage license in order to prove your legal name change; your license, state-issued nondriver’s I.D. card, or U.S. passport in order to prove your identity; and your birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, passport, U.S. Consular Report of Birth, or Certificate of Naturalization in order to prove your citizenship. You will then need to complete an application for a Social Security card and bring it to your local Social Security office.