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October 24, 2003



When I got married, I was happy to take 'Northfield' in exchange for 'Soper' - It was the norm... From that day it sounded natural and as though it had always been my name. Then when I moved to Belgium 'they' suddenly want me to use my maiden name for everything official!! Women here, as a rule, never give up their name... I have to insist that my legal name is the same as my husbands!! I was adamant my married name go on my ID card and I am registerd at the doctor with 'my' leagal name (other expats have been amazed that they let me do it) - It strange how different cultures veiw different things...

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