Name Change upon Divorce Women

You can revert to your maiden name if you are divorced by using your decree absolute as documentary evidence. However, in certain situations – for example, when updating your passport – you may still need to change your name by Deed Poll. If this is the case, the company/organisation concerned will advise you of this.

If you are dealing with a company such as a bank, that knew you before you were married, then they may still have your maiden name on file. If this is the case then you may only need to show them your decree absolute.

You can also change your title from Mrs to Miss, and change the names of any children, providing consent is obtained from everyone with legal rights.

A copy of your decree absolute can be obtained from the Principal Registry of the Family Division, Decree Absolute Section, First Avenue House, 42-49 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6NP or Telephone: 020 7947 7017.

To obtain a copy of your marriage certificate, you should contact the General Register Office for England and Wales on: 0845 6037788 or via:

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