Using Both Maiden and Married Names

Using Both Maiden and Married Names

Using Both Maiden and Married Names

Many women who have built up a good network and reputation within an industry will often decide to retain their maiden name in the workforce.  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, driver’s licence and all other documents whilst having a different professional name. As your marriage name is just an assumed name, you are legally entitled to be known by either your married or former name at any time regardless of your marital situation. 

Tips on being known by two names

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 company pensions are updated into the correct name.

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You can keep your maiden name at work, but legally change your name. Just watch out for a few common pitfalls.

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