I understand that after marriage the wife may retain her own surname or take the surname of her husband. It is her choice.
I would like to know when the decision has to be made. Does she decide at the time of the marriage and make her decision known or can she decide even after a year of marriage.
I have a case in my Society where a member got married and informed us that she was retaining her original surname. Now after more than a year she informs us that she has decided to adopt her husband's surname.
Can we accept her word or have we to request some documents. If so, what should we ask for. She is a christian and got registered marriage.