2015 ORS 106.220¹
Name upon entering into marriage
  • legal effect

(1) Upon entering into marriage, either party may:

(a) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and surname prior to the marriage;

(b) Retain the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party;

(c) Either retain or remove the party’s middle name, if any, and change the party’s surname to one surname or a combination of surnames, or names within the surnames, of either or both parties, with or without a hyphen;

(d) Change the party’s middle name, if any, to the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage; or

(e) Add to the party’s middle name, if any, the party’s surname at birth or prior to the marriage and change the party’s surname to the surname of the other party.

(2) Each party must indicate on the application, license and record of marriage the party’s name after marriage.

(3) The name of each party after marriage as indicated on the application, license and record of marriage shall become the sole legal name of each party after marriage. If a party indicates a name change other than as described in subsection (1) of this section, the party shall request approval of the court pursuant to ORS 33.410 (Jurisdiction).

(4) As used in this section, "middle name" and "surname" mean a name that may consist of one or more different names. [1975 c.733 §3; 1981 c.775 §7; 2007 c.703 §12; 2013 c.341 §1; 2015 c.425 §1]

Chapter 106

Notes of Decisions

Regula­tion of marriage is exclusively within province of state's legislative power. Li v. State of Oregon, 338 Or 376, 110 P3d 91 (2005)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 106—Marriage; Domestic Partnership, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors106.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 106, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano106.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.