Changing Your Name after Divorce or Separation
When you separate you may be inclined to revert back to your maiden name. The process of reverting back to your old name is similar for divorce as for separation.
In Australia, if your divorce is issued by the court, you will receive a Divorce Order once your divorce is finalised. All organisations you will have to contact will accept your Divorce Order as evidence of your prior name. A replacement of your Divorce Order can be issued by Family Law Courts.
If your divorce is not yet finalised, you will have to provide proof of the link between our prior or maiden name and your married name. Proving the link between your names is fairly straightforward. Just show your birth and wedding certificate, as issued by Births, Deaths and Marriages; then organisations will accept your name change request.
Where you have been known by birth name, married name and more other names you will need documents of any Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM). These documents will provide the evidence of the links between your names.
Once you have the right documents, either RBDM or your Divorce Order you will need to update your name at all organisations that hold your records. First, update your passport and driver’s license. A government issued photo ID (such as your passport or driver’s license) will provide proof of your new name and organisations will quickly change your name.
Notifying and researching all the other organisations that you require to contact can be a hassle. You can choose to use an Easy Name Change Kit, which saves between 2 to 8 hours finding out which procedures to follow for each organisation.
Our personalised name change kits provide all the letters, forms and information immediately after checking out. If you can’t be bothered printing off all the paperwork, you can even opt to receive all your documents by mail, including matching envelopes. Easy Name Change has contacted all major Australian companies and explained what needs to be provided in order to change your name. All research is already done, and all you need to do is nominate the companies applying to your situation.
Although reverting back to your prior name may seem like a lot of work, there are many ways to make it all a little easier. And if you're not happy after checking out a personalised kit, we offer an unconditional 30 day money back guarantee.
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