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31 Changing Your Name

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1. Introduction

2. When may I want to change my name?

3. When am I allowed to change my name?

4. What if I am widowed?

A widowed woman can revert to her maiden name upon her husband's death without any formality. The husband's death certificate and her marriage certificate are the only documentary evidence of her change of circumstances that she will need to produce.

5. What if I enter into a civil partnership?

6. What if I want to change my child´s name?

7. What sort of name can I choose?

8. How do I prove I have a new name?

9. Who should I tell about my name change?

10. Further help

11. About this leaflet

The leaflets in this series give you an outline of your legal rights. They are not a complete guide to the law and are not intended to be a guide to how the law will apply to you or to any specific situation. The leaflets are regularly updated but the law may have changed since this was printed, so information in it may be incorrect or out of date.

If you have a problem, you will need to get more information or personal advice to work out the best way to solve it. See 'Further help' for sources of information and advice.

This leaflet is published by the Gurkha Free Legal Advice (LSC). It was written in association with Citizens Advice.

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Leaflet version: December 2008

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