Hi, I'm quite new to this site, and was wondering if anyone would know the answer to my little dilemma.
I'm about to separate from my husband, and we plan to start divorce proceedings straight away on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour. I took his surname on marriage, having previously used my first husband's surname. I have always hated my Maiden Name, and don't especially feel I want to keep husband number 2's name when we are divorced (still with me?! said it was complicated!). So, ideally I would like to go back to using my first husbands surname, as I did before I married for the second time. Now, I know I could easily revert to my maiden name after divorce, but could I revert to my previous married name as easily, or would I have to go through the whole Deed Poll thingy?
Sorry it's a bit convoluted, but hope someone understands what I'm saying! Any help would be much appreciated.
I feel obliged to comment, because my friend hated her Maiden Name.. Married (1st time) used his name..
Divorced, Married second time (didn't like second husbands name, so didn't use it!) Yet their two kids had that name.
She kept her first husbands name.
I always wondered if her new 2nd hubby minded? Or if the kids thought it odd.
You'll have to check on the legal rules, I'm sure a phone call would get you that answer... I was just wondering, if you're going to use a name that your not, then why not just go for any old name?... rather than hang on an ex-husbands name? Or make up some fancy-pretty thing? I'd certainly wouldn't want to wear my ex's like a souvenir.
Yup, it does sound a bit strange I know... but I had my first husbands name for 11 years, and long after I separated from him I moved towns for work, so people at work and my local friends here don't actually know I was married before (never felt the need to mention it). So I guess it would just be easier from that point of view, as in everyone assumes it's my Maiden Name anyway, rather than starting out with a whole new identity! Plus, I had got so used to my first husband's name that I no longer considered it 'his' - it no longer reminds me of him. If that makes sense! Also, it just so happens I like the name. Or am I just being weird?!
When I got married for the second time, I did consider keeping it, and my 'new' husband said he really didn't mind either way. But it didn't feel right to me, being married to someone new and keeping my exes name, so I changed it. Of course, with hindsight I wouldn't have bothered (with either the name change or the marriage!). Ho hum.
If you wish to be known by a different name you can change your name at any time, provided you do not intend to deceive or defraud another person. There is no legal procedure to follow in order to change a name. You simply start using the new name. You can change your forename or surname, add names or rearrange your existing names.
Although there is no legal way to change a name, you may want evidence that you have changed your name (see under heading Evidence of change of name). However, you cannot change details on your birth certificate, except in limited circumstances.
Changing details on a birth certificate can be complicated. If you wish to do this you should consult an experienced adviser, for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by e-mail, click on nearest CAB.
Once you have decided to change your name, you can use the new name for all purposes, for example, publishing marriage bans, legal proceedings and obtaining, or changing details on a driving licence or passport.