The problem is, since we’re relatively new to Greenville, NC and Pitt County, we’ve got to start from the beginning…figuring out where to get the applications, how, where and to whom the applications need to go, how long things will take now…
I’m not complaining, I’m just…O who am I kidding? This sucks!
As I’ve said before, if Marianne and I could just get married legally, all this would take so much less time and less money, not to mention the marriage license and related applications are available online for straight folks where we (as best I can tell) have to drive to the Clerk of Courts Office and pay a fee to even access our Application for Legal Name Change.
This whole process is but one reason the U.S. needs a national marriage standard, not just a patchwork of laws throughout each state. Yes, it would make things easier, but beyond that it would also allow us to change our (married) name back to our maiden name if something was to happen between Marianne and me.
Changing my name in North Carolina requires a change to my birth certificate, it’s permanent. I literally become a different person as far as the government is concerned (although my Social Security Number stays the same). I don’t have a whole lot of anxiety over it, I just wish that things were more equitable in America so I wouldn’t have to worry about this in the first place.
Regardless, for now it’s onwards and upwards. At least Pitt County’s courthouse is smaller than Forsyth’s, so maybe we can actually get things moving in a timely fashion. Clerk of Court’s Office here we come!