How To Change Names After Divorce
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. Canadian organizations have a range of procedures and accepted proof, so get your license updated first then change names everywhere else. You may need to send in a letter, email, form or visit a branch in person.
If your birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate is in your married name you are unable to go back to your former name. You should instead file for a legal name change with Vital Statistics in the province where you reside.
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. 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. No records are linked, so you'll need to make the same request to each authority and organization. Each company has their own procedure for updating records; you may need to send in a letter, email, form, visit a branch or log into your account online to make the change. This is by far the time most consuming part of changing names! Rather than contact each organization youself, simply download your personalized and readyt to send notifications here.
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