senate Bill S2505

Signed By Governor
2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to name change upon marriage

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A1044 - Signed by Governor

  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed by Governor

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Dec 20, 2019 approval memo.63
signed chap.716
Dec 17, 2019 delivered to governor
Feb 27, 2019 returned to assembly
passed senate
3rd reading cal.142
substituted for s2505
Feb 27, 2019 substituted by a1044
Feb 26, 2019 advanced to third reading
Feb 12, 2019 2nd report cal.
Feb 11, 2019 1st report cal.142
Jan 25, 2019 referred to judiciary


S2505 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Domestic Relations Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§15 & 14-a, Dom Rel L; amd §65, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2013-2014: A6649
2015-2016: A2580
2017-2018: A4098

S2505 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Relates to name change upon marriage.

S2505 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2505 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 25, 2019

Introduced  by  Sen.  KAPLAN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary

AN ACT to amend the domestic relations law and the civil rights law,  in
  relation to name changes upon marriage


  Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may  be  cited  as
"Jillian's Law".
  §  2.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision 1 of section 15 of the domestic
relations law, as added by chapter 583 of the laws of 1985,  is  amended
to read as follows:
  (b) Every application for a marriage license shall contain a statement
to the following effect:
                           NOTICE TO APPLICANTS
  (1)  Every  person  has the right to adopt any name by which he or she
wishes to be known simply by using that name  consistently  and  without
intent to defraud.
  (2)  A person's last name (surname) does not automatically change upon
marriage, and neither party to the marriage must change his or her  last
name. Parties to a marriage need not have the same last name.
  (3)  One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname
by which he or she wishes to be known after  the  solemnization  of  the
marriage  by  entering the new name in the space below. Such entry shall
consist of one of the following surnames:
  (i) the surname of the other spouse; or
  (ii) any former surname of either spouse; or
  (iii) a name combining into a single surname all or a segment  of  the
premarriage surname or any former surname of each spouse; or
  (iv) a combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part
of  such  combination  surname is the premarriage surname, or any former
surname, of each of the spouses.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.


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