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How to change your name

Changing your name is a relatively simple task and may be done for a variety of reasons. The most common reason for changing one's name is when going through a marriage separation. Learn how to change your name by deed poll, whether you live in the UK or in the Channel Islands.

Changing your name in the UK

When separating from your husband, it is very common to want to get your maiden name back so that you need no longer be reminded of the failed marriage. The process of changing your name, whether to a maiden name or to a completely new one, will depend upon where you live. UK name change If you live in the UK, you can change your name through using the internet. Head to Deedpoll.org.uk for-up to-date information on the process. Applications to change your surname, first name or both names are available. You can also choose to add names, remove names or change the spelling of existing names and all these may be done by post, telephone, in person or online. All you need to do is to fill out the application form and sign and date your deed poll document in the presence of an independent person. There are also additional deed poll online sites, allowing you to change your name at a very low cost.

Changing your name in the Channel Islands

For those who are residing in the Channel Islands, changing their name is a little more difficult as it is not possible to do so by simply heading online. In order to change your name, you will have to first see an advocate and then go to court to get a deed poll. This will cost approximately £75. Deed Poll Once you have changed your name by deed poll and you have received the official document, you will need to make several other changes. For example, both your driving license and passport will need to be changed to match your new name. You will also need to change your bank account and any insurance documents. All you need to go about changing these essential documents is the original copy of your deed poll document. If you have been legally separated for a minimum of two years, you can simply revert to your maiden name.

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