Changing your name when divorcing

Change name by Deed Poll

Changing your name when divorcing:  If you don’t want to continue using your ex-husband’s name after divorce, you can change it quite easily, you may not even need a Deed Poll.

Normally, changing your name to be accepted by banks, passport office, driving license and HMRC requires changing your name by Deed Poll.

However, if you took your husband’s last name when you married and want to revert to your maiden name.  You must meet the following criteria, to not need a Deed Poll:

  • Your marriage took place in the UK
  • Your divorce has been finalised in the UK
  • You have a decree absolute
  • You want to revert to your maiden name

What you need

As well as a signed statement, you will need original copies of:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Decree Absolute

If you want to change your name before receiving your Decree Absolute or want to change your name to something other than your maiden name, then you will need to change your name by Deed Poll.  If you are going to change your name by Deed Poll before the Decree Absolute, then you will need to notify all legal parties in the divorce. For more information:

https://www.ukdeedpolloffice.org/

Also, if you were married abroad and don’t have a marriage certificate in English, then you will need to get the marriage certificate translated by an authorized translator.  This translation may be more expensive than changing your name by Deed Poll (currently £18.50).

If you don’t have all of the above documents or wish to change your name to something other than your maiden name, then you will need to change your name by Deed Poll.  Alternatively, you can apply to get a copy of your missing document here:

https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate

Updating your passport

If you did not change your name by Deed Poll, you will need to change the name on your passport.  To do this, you will need the following:

  • Your birth certificate
  • A statement signed by you saying you’ve gone back to a previous surname (for example your maiden name) ‘for all purposes’ – that is, you will not use your married or civil partnership name at all
  • a document that shows you’re using your new name (for example a payslip, or a letter from your local council)
  • your decree absolute or final order showing both names
  • a marriage or civil partnership certificate showing both names

Then go to the government website:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-renew-passport

If you want advice on changing your name when you divorce, please contact Divorce Negotiator on 0800 177 7702

Changing your name when divorcing was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by John Fuller

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