Can I Keep My Maiden Name at Work?
You can retain your maiden name at work, but still change your name on all accounts and identification.
Many women who have built up a good network and reputation within an industry will often decide to retain their maiden name at work. This is common practice, especially with the average age of marriage rising and women having pivotal roles within industry. In this instance you can still go ahead and change your name on your passport, driving licence and all other documents whilst being known by a different name at work.
Legally when a bride takes her husband’s name after marriage, she isn’t legally changing names. She is simply assuming her husband’s name. This means she is free to be known by her maiden name at any time and for any reason.
This means it is ok to have two different names. One will be the name that appears on your identification, accounts, memberships and so on. The other name is one that you may be commonly known by.
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If you decide to change the name on your passport and bank accounts, but retain your maiden name at work, then just watch out for a few common pitfalls:
- Ensure your work books any international plane tickets under the name in your passport
- Advise payroll when your bank account details change
- Ensure your pension is updated into the correct name.
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