After-the-Wedding List for Newly Married Couples
Congratulations! After months of planning and anticipation, you’re now officially married. You can retire the wedding planners, but as you settle into your lives together, there are still a few important i’s to dot and t’s to cross (besides sending out those thank-you cards).
Get Your Marriage Certificate–And Copies. Having official proof of your marriage is the key to handling many other actions you may need to take, and requesting a few copies makes the process easier. The signed certificate is filed with the County Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, or Registrar of Vital Statistics for the county where you were married. That office should send you your certificate and copies within a couple of weeks.
Make a Name Change Official: If either or both of you changed your surname when you got married, WeddingWire explains How to Change Your Name After Marriage & Everywhere to Do It. You’ll need copies of your marriage certificate when you update nearly all of the following:
- Social Security Administration – start here!
- Driver’s License – Missouri
- Banks – to open new, combined accounts or update existing ones with your legal name. Be sure to order new debit cards and checks!
- Credit cards and loans – same as above
- Employer’s HR department
- Insurance companies
- Car title and registration
- Voter registration – you need to be re-registered with your new name and/or address at least 30 days before elections in Missouri.
- Lease agreements
- U.S. Passport
- Immigration documents
Change of Address Notification: If you’re moving, many of the organizations above will need to know. Be sure to file a forwarding order with your post office, too.
Insurance Decisions: If you haven’t already, decide if you and your spouse will combine insurance policies for automobiles, health, and dental plans. Be sure to update beneficiaries of any life insurance policies.
Post-Nuptial Agreement: Just like a prenup, this agreement helps couples define how assets and debts will be shared.
Create or Update Wills and Living Wills: The first says how your assets will be distributed if you die; the second outlines how you’d want to be cared for if you were to be incapacitated.
Not all of these may apply to you, but with a combined 30 years in family law, the attorneys at Raza & Jones, LLC, are here to help if you need it. For questions, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 314-449-8830.