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Wedding and adopting husband's last name in Poland


fjv 2 | 6
15 Dec 2018 #1
Hello,

I hope this is the right place to place this post.

I'm from Argentina and in hispanic countries women don't change the name legally after marriage. For example, Carmen Giménez, married with Roberto García could be known as Carmen Giménez de García; but this person will remain Carmen Giménez, legally, through all her life.

When polish women marry, they usually (I know, there are other options) adopt their husband's last name. Is this change official? I mean, if Justyna Gzik marries Robert Talkowski, and takes his name, she will be Justyna Talkowska officially and legally? Because, for example, I assume that birth certificates can't be altered.

And, second question, with a concrete example: My girlfriend was married and she divorced, when marrying, she took her ex husband's last name, but when divorced, she didn't revert back to her original family name.

If I were to marry her, it's her previous husband's last name the one that will be written in our marriage act?
terri 1 | 1,634
16 Dec 2018 #2
short answer: yes. The surname (last name) on the marriage certificate will be the name that she was known as before she got married again.

So Miss Smith who marries Mr. Brown and then gets divorced from Mr. Brown is known as Mrs. Brown. This is the surname written down.
Ziemowit 12 | 3,612
16 Dec 2018 #3
she will be Justyna Talkowska officially and legally?

Either that or Justyna Gzik-Talkowska or Justyna Gzik. It depends on her choice.

So Miss Smith who marries Mr. Brown and then gets divorced from Mr. Brown is known as Mrs. Brown.

Unless Mrs. Brown has reverted to her maiden name, so she is Ms Smith then.
terri 1 | 1,634
16 Dec 2018 #4
This is true, but all her documents have to show her new name that is Pani Brown (rozwodka) a nie Panna Brown (spinster).
OP fjv 2 | 6
19 Dec 2018 #5
That's why I asked. She took her ex husband's last name, but hasn't reverted that change.

Her "Dowód Osobisty" says her maiden name in "Family Name", but her name appears as FirstName LastNameOfExHusband.

This is a bit strange since now I've just learnt that is also possible for the man to take his new wife last name... So, I could end up having her ex husband's last name :O

Now, leaving "how it works in Poland" aside, from the human/relation point of view, is it normal that I might be a bit upset because of that? Or it's a bit whimsical on my side? Because in her situation, she says that she kept the name because she didn't want to have a different last name from her daughter and I understand that; but on the other hand she speaks **** about her ex husband and frankly speaking, it would be a bit paradoxical/ironic that his name will be the one in our marriage act.

But she seems not to care about this.
Jaskier
20 Dec 2018 #6
Whimsical. It's just s name.

She's not upset about it because it's a normal situation for her.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,771
20 Dec 2018 #7
If I were to marry her, it's her previous husband's last name the one that will be written in our marriage act?

Sure, but what's the problem? It's not uncommon in Europe for women to keep their married name after divorce.

She can simply take your last name and the problem will be solved.


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