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article imageWhen Todd Baechle Married Orenda Fink He Took Her Name At A Cost

By KJ Mullins     Oct 6, 2008 in Lifestyle
Most men believe when the 'I do' is said the woman takes his name. Todd Baechle instead took his bride Orenda Fink's name when they became man and wife. Todd Fink found out that wasn't an easy process.
While the practice of men taking their wife's last name is more common today it still is a rarity. So rare that it becomes a maze when it comes to do the legal changing of names. Most county and state officials have no idea what to advise men who change their last name.
"Humans trust traditions," said Fink, now married three years. "But some things are worth changing. Sometimes you have to walk off the sidewalk if you want new experiences."
The Finks made the choice because Orenda was already pursuing a solo singing career. Todd was a member of an indie band making his last name not as important career wise. They had discussed both keeping their names but they want children and two names can be confusing to kids.
That choice though didn't please his family. They accepted it though.
Three years ago it looked like Fink would have to shell out $500 instead of the $5 it would have taken his wife to change her name. To change his name he had to go with a formal name change instead of how brides just provide the marriage certificate and have the change done.
A formal name change requires a lawyer, filing paperwork, publicizing the name change for four consecutive weeks and appearing before a judge. Fink had to make testify that the name change wasn't because of creditors or a criminal history.
Douglas County Clerk Tom Cavanaugh says that Fink didn't have to go through all of that for his name change. Instead grooms can do as their brides would have done, just pay $5 for a certified copy of his marriage license. That document allows for a last name to be changed on a person's driver's license, Social Security card and more.
While it's common for a woman to take her husband's name back in the 14th and 15th century English grooms took their wives names.
Omahan Kory Miller and his bride Julie Delka took a different approach when they wed in 1995. He remained Kory Miller and she went with Julie Delka-Miller. That changed when they had their first child, they are now the Delkamillers.
They also had to navigate the legal process. Instead of having an instant change of name they had to hire a lawyer because they had waited three years.
As for the Finks, everyone is now happy with the name change.
"I don't think I gave up anything I shouldn't have," Fink said. "I'm happy to have her name."
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