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s/o name change

oOoOoOoOo brought up something I've been wondering about. Has anyone had any problems traveling if their surnames didn't match the kids'? How do you get around it?  

I didn't change my name after we got married, so DH and I have different surnames. The baby will have DH's surname when it's born. So we're wondering if it'll be a nightmare traveling to the US.

I thought maybe carrying a copy of the baby's birth certificate might help?

Re: s/o name change

  • My best friend was living in the UK with her DH, and she never changed her name on her passport (after being married for quite a while.)  She said it was a PITA when she traveled to the States with her DD.  There were a few occasions when she was asked to prove that she had the father's permission to travel, besides just the birth certificate.  There is a fear if you are traveling alone with your child that you have in fact, kidnapped the child.

     

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  • This is a good question. Never thought of the fact that I wouldn't share the same surname as future kid.

    Hmmm... 

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  • Honestly, that's one reason I double-barrelled my surname when I got married. Actually, the only reason - to match our children, even if only part-way.
    Mum to W (4) and M (nearly 2)
  • I'm hyphenated and PT is not, so hopefully not an issue?  If it is I'll show them my c/s scar Wink
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  • I have traveled many times with ds and his passport has my married name and my passport has my maiden name, so they don't match, and it has never been a problem, either domestically or internationally.
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  • I have one name, my husband a second, my daughter a third. We also have 3 different passport-nationalities. Never ever ever ever been questioned. Ever. I have seen other people questioned before. But then, in every single one of those cases, they started waiving notes, certificates, and crap around and made a huge issue out of it the second they hit the counter. Had they just handed over their passports it would have been normal questions, stamp stamp, enjoy your stay....

    For the record, they cannot legally question your right to take children abroad (at least in western countries). No notes, no birth certificates, no permission from the spouse, no nothing. This is why there are issues with international child abduction- because they can't stop you.

  • image andrea922:
    I have traveled many times with ds and his passport has my married name and my passport has my maiden name, so they don't match, and it has never been a problem, either domestically or internationally.

    But, see, Finn looks SO much like you, how could they question it?

    Mum to W (4) and M (nearly 2)
  • I've never heard of anyone having issues with this when travelling, and in Belgium, you keep your maiden name, so pretty much the entire population travels with at least two names when going as a family.

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