A woman's name change rights upon separation
After separating from their husbands many women who have taken their spouse's surname upon marriage wish to revert to their maiden name.
It is widely believed that a woman has to wait until she is divorced before reverting to her maiden name. However, this is not the case. A separated woman has the right to change her surname at any time. The change can be carried out through use of a Deed Poll and does not affect any divorce proceedings that may have already began, or may happen in the future.
The only thing that must be done in this regard is to notify the other party of the name change. Following this, any documentation regarding the divorce will be in the woman's maiden name. When changing your name by Deed Poll you may wish to consider making alterations to forenames, for example to alter, add or remove first and/or middle names.
By applying for a Deed Poll document you can have all of your records, including the name on your passport, updated to show your new name. In order to do this you will need to send the Deed Poll off to various organisations as this will provide them with proof of your change of name. Their records of you can then be amended.
To change your name...
- Fill in our online application form
- Receive your Deed Poll in the post
- Sign and date your Deed Poll
- Update records into your new name
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