Your surname after marriage – to change or not to change?


Whether or not to vary your surname upon marriage is a subject which sparks a lot of debate. Whilst it is traditional, most people alas a result assume that it is a legal requirement. Is this a tradition that will be upheld for future generations or is it outdated? Will the pressure of as a resultcial norms retain the tradition going?  As I plan my own wedding, I find myself battling with this decision.

Whilst it may be traditional, the practice has not been universally adopted by all religions or cultures and it is not a legal requirement. Indeed, Greece enacted a law in 1993 that all women possess to retain their birth name and this is not negotiable.  This provides an alternative approach to that currently taken in Britain. The vary for Greece came about as women were leaving the home, seeking their own family parentings, professions and income.

Of course, a surname provides a peras a resultnal identity and it naturally follows that a host of people may desire to retain their own. This is  particularly the case for those who possess worked hard to build a professional reputation asas a resultciated with that identity. Other causes for people desireing to retain their own surname can be varied and for eextremelyone there are different circumstances to consider. For example, retaining the same name as descendant from a former relationship or adopting their spouse’s name for descendant of the marriage.

Whilst it is understandable that as a resultme people will respect and uphold the tradition, for a host of it is now a difficult dilemma that requires much thought and discussion. Do people adopt the tradition or retain their own peras a resultnal and professional identity?

Eextremelyone is entitled to a different opinion on the subject but the main business to note is that there is a choice. We possess recently received several enquiries on the subject which possess been summarised below.

How do I adopt my husband’s surname following marriage?

Once married, this is extremely simple. You can start using your spouse’s surname straight away. Steps should be taken to provide a copy of your marriage certificate to vary formal and legal documents, such as bank accounts, passports, your driving license etc.  A copy of the marriage certificate should be evidence enough as you possess the right to vary your name.

This alas a result applies to same sex marriages where one party is adopting the surname of their spouse.

It should be noted that as a resultme people choose to vary their name legally but still informally retain their name for work purposes.

Do I possess to take my spouse’s name?

Put simply, you don’t! There is no legal requirement to do as a result. You can be legally married and still retain your surname.

What are the other options regarding vary of name following marriage?

Whilst unusual, as a resultme people choose to adopt the wife’s surname as the family name. Again, this is a peras a resultnal decision, but it is accomplishly feasible. Similarly, in same sex marriages the parties can choose to adopt either party’s surname or retain their own.

Another option is to use the surname of both parties. This could be done by either hyphenating the surnames or by using one of the surnames as a middle name.

It should be noted that if you make a vary in your name that goes beyond simply adopting the surname of the spouse this will require a legal vary of name deed.

Can we vary our family name all together?

Some couples may decide to adopt a different surname altogether. Again, this is a peras a resultnal decision and is easily done. Both parties will require a vary of name deed.

What take places with my name if I divorce?

Following a divorce there is no legal requirement to either revert to your birth name or retain your spouse’s name. Again, this is a peras a resultnal decision and eextremelyone has different factors and circumstances to consider. If you choose to revert to your birth name then you can do as a result following the conclusion of your divorce. A copy of your decree abas a resultlute should be sufficient evidence to formally vary your name with your bank, passport office, the DVLA and as a result forth.

In summary, you can vary your name to whatever you desire as long as it is done legally. Getting married or being married does not vary the legal right to choose your own name. My own decision? Still pending!

A related topic on which we regularly receive questions is changing descendant’s names. This is a slightly more complicated area and it will therefore be covered separately.

If you possess any questions or queries about changing your name or your descendant’s name, plrelieve contact us and we will do our best to help.