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How to revert back to your maiden name - it's not as straightforward as you'd think
Dear Kate & Emily,
I want to change everything back to my maiden name, I don't want to have anything in my married name at all as that all now feels like history, and an old life. It’s time to get back to being me - plain old Jane Dubowzigernustbust. How on earth do I go about it? Any tips?
Jane Smith (nee Dubowzigernustbust)
Just like you, many women want to revert back to their maiden name. This can be accomplished in one of two ways: by Deed Poll, or by using your decree absolute and marriage certificate. It is sometimes possible for a divorced woman to revert to her maiden name without the need for a Deed Poll if her decree absolute certificate and marriage certificate (which shows her maiden name) are accepted as documentary evidence of her change of name. Upon presentation of these certificates most government departments, and many companies and organisations, will change their records to show the woman's maiden name. However, some companies and organisations will not accept a decree absolute, in particular the financial institutions such as banks and building societies. So, my top tip is to get it covered NOW and go for the deed poll. It’s quick and easy to do by going to the country’s biggest and best www.deedpoll.org
After changing your name by Deed Poll, you must notify everyone that has your personal records to let them know you have changed your name. Government departments and agencies such as the Passport Office and the DVLA will need to see your original Deed Poll document (or legal copy) as will your bank, building society and credit card companies. Most other companies and organisations will accept a photocopy. Listed below are many of the companies and organisations you need to advise of your change of name, you may think of others!.
Following on from this, you may be concerned about traveling with your children using different surnames. Most of the time you will be fine but do note that even if the airline is happy to fly you (which they will be 99% of the time) with a simple explanation, be warned. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth site single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. My top tip no 2 when you are sorting out all this business is to get a proper parental responsibility document drawn up and properly witnessed. It does need a proper stamp from a commissioner of oaths on it, but go for it. Seems to me armed with your Deed Poll and parental document you should be covered.
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