A California Husband with a Maiden Name

Whose last name will you have after you get married? The bride can keep her last name, take the husband’s surname, hyphenate, come up with an entirely new name…but what about the husband taking the wife’s name? California men, you are now in luck. Michel Bijon, Buday, has gone to bat for you.

Michel and Diana Bijon, photo from Yahoo NewsWhen he and his wife Diana filled in their marriage license, they decided both would use her surname, but the form didn’t have a place for that. Michael didn’t think it was fair that he’d have to go through court appearances and mounds of paperwork for something that is much more routine for brides, so he ended up filing a lawsuit, which resulted in a new law making it simpler for each member of a couple to choose whatever last name they prefer.