Wedded Bliss

Even those who are blissfully happy in their marriages may decide to change their name by Deed Poll if the current trend for using both partners names – in a double-barreled arrangement – is adopted. In fact, women are not legally obliged to take their husband’s surname upon marriage and may continue to use their old surname, if they wish. Women and some men getting married might want to:

  • Use their former maiden name as a middle name.
  • Combine both their original and new surname to create a double-barreled name.
  • Combine both partners’ surnames to create a new surname.

Apart from the double-barreled option, where a Marriage Certificate will suffice and is accepted by government departments, any of the other options will require the name to be changed by Deed Poll. If a woman wants to keep her maiden name but change her title to Mrs then a covering letter will need to be sent with the Marriage Certificate to relevant record holders. There is no need to inform HM Passport Office in this case, as a title change won’t show on a passport. Women can continue to use their maiden name at work, as technically they are working on behalf of an employer and, as such, this arrangement may be preferable for commercial reasons. If you think that you would like to start your new married life with a new name, remember to apply in time so that the process will be complete by the big day.

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