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Aynur Uyghur

Name Change After Marriage

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Hello, 

Please help me with this. I am an American citizen. I got married in Istanbul, but without my concent., violating my human rights, they gave me my husband's last name on marriage certification. 

I and my husband do not want to add his last name to mine, but how do we do that? FYI, both of us are not Turkish. After marriage, I did not change my official name anywhere, but I Am afraid it will be a problem when I am applying for my husband's US immigration visa. 

Please help me , 

I appreciate. 

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So it's just that somebody printed the wrong name on your marriage certificate? Have you talked to the person who did this or someone from the office where he works?

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Dear Mrs. Uygur,

According to a law passed by Supreme Court Law General Assembly in 2015, even Turkish Women can keep their maiden name providing that they open a lawsuit at the Family Court, so I dont see any reason that law is applicable to you as a foreigner. I hope this information helps you.Regards.

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Thanks for kind response. I was told by the people who work in evlendirme dairesi, that I need to file a lawsuit  with a lawyer, and even if my petition is accepted, it is not for changing my marriage certificate, but just to give me permission to use my maiden name privately, and I still need to change my ID , ect. 

As a foreign student living in Istanbul , I can't afford few thousands dollar only for getting permission to use my maiden name privately. I also consult with lawyers, they told me it needs few thousand dollars to file the petition, and so far two women won the case. 

I am infuriated , and I do not know what to do. I still did not make any changes to my any official records.  

Regards, 

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