Reverting to a maiden name prior to a divorce being finalised

Upon marriage many women undergo a change of name, most commonly involving adopting their husband's surname, by use of a marriage certificate. Other variations of name change upon marriage also exist, most of which must be carried out by Deed Poll.

When a marriage comes to an end, many women wish to revert to their original name or at least alter their current name in some way. If, upon marriage a woman simply adopted her husbands surname she can use her decree absolute to revert to her maiden name. However, if any other name change was carried out a Deed Poll will be necessary.

If a woman decides to revert to her maiden name prior to her divorce being finalised and before receiving her decree absolute she has every right to do so. Many women are under the false impression that when they begin divorce proceedings, they must use their husband's name (if they have taken it upon marriage) until the divorce has been finalised. This is not the case.

A separated woman can change her surname at any time by Deed Poll. She may be making simply reverting to her maiden name, or could be altering other parts of her name. No matter what kind of name change is required a Deed Poll can be used to get all records updated quickly into the new name.

The process of a name change by Deed Poll does not affect any divorce proceedings that are happening, or that may happen in the future. The only thing that needs to be done is to notify the other party of the name change, so that subsequent documentation regarding the divorce can be in the new name.


To change your name...

  1. Fill in our online application form
  2. Receive your Deed Poll in the post
  3. Sign and date your Deed Poll
  4. Update records into your new name

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In my case, I contacted you because I wasn't sure if I needed to make a name change, and, given past experience with Govt agencies, I was dreading the call as I thought everything would be complicated!

The operator who took my call explained really clearly and succinctly what my options were, and how each option worked - even though the deed poll change was only one option! Having decided that I'd go through with the application, she then talked me through exactly what I needed to do, and what would happen at each stage. She was very reassuring, and I felt at ease to ask any questions I had, even though some were very simple and should have been obvious!!

The whole process was very quick - I was sceptical about the speed of service I'd been promised, but the forms actually arrived quicker than your operator had stated! I was also pleasantly surprised with the cost - I had expected the cost to be quite high, again given experience with fees for things such as passport change, drivers licence etc.

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Satisfied Customer, Bristol. January 2011

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