Andrea Boulter, Senior Family Law Solicitor
Are you thinking of changing your name either upon marriage, civil partnership or after divorce? Do you want to double-barrel or mesh your spouse’s surname with your own? Are you a man who has decided to take your new wife’s name? This interesting article explains all the ways you can do this and how to avoid the pitfalls. If you need any help with a name change, we can offer legal advice.
Your marriage or civil partnership certificate does not in any way indicate the surname you’ll have after the ceremony, yet you can use it to prove you have changed your name.
To change your surname to your spouse or civil partner’s surname (or to double-barrel your joint surnames) on your passport or driving licence you need to fill in the relevant forms requesting the change and present your marriage certificate.
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