How To Change Names After Divorce


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What proof do I need?

It's simple to change names after divorcing. Simply show your Canadian birth certificate (or citizenship papers) together with your court issued divorce order to get your government ID updated. Companies have a range of procedures and accepted proof, so get your license updated first, then you can change names everywhere else.

When should I change names?

There is no time constraint on changing names. You may revert to your prior name before divorcing, immediately after divorcing, or many years later, perhaps once your children are grown up. There is no official 'registration' of your chosen name, simply start using it.  

Whenever you decide to change names, we recommend updating all your accounts, identification and memberships at the same time so you don't have problems proving your identity. 

How to I update my records?

Once you've made the decision to revert to your prior name it's up to you to notify all the necessary organisations. Each company has their own procedure for updating records, so to learn what to send where and get any special forms, just click the button below.

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