Rhode Island  |  Family Law

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Asked on: 9/16/13, 11:03 am

I have been living and married in Austria for 25 years. My husband and two children changed their family name (all Austrian citizens). As my husband's family name has been changed we understood that the US government would automatically allow me to change my name as well. No - this is not the case! I have to either:

1- return to the USA to reside

2- give up my US citizenship to get Austrian citizenship

3 - divorce and remarry

4 - use my name on a signed painting and other such endeavors to use another name for 5 years

I am neither under the jurisdiction of Austria, nor of the USA

The US Consulate states that I have to have a court order from the usa to be able to change that which I am not allowed unless I am officially residing in the USA


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