Changing Your Name
You may want to change your name because:
- You have just gotten married
- You have divorced
- You just want a change
How you should go about changing your name will depend upon which category you fit into. Changing your name after marriage or divorce is quite a simple process, while changing your name 'just because' requires a little more effort, but it is still quite straight forward and a lot easier than it used to be. Name changes are no longer done by deed poll, all changes are managed by the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in your state.
Congratulations on your marriage! Approximately 80% of newlyweds choose to change their name, and in a recent survey by the wedding industry over 20% of new brides commented that they were nervous about the name change process. Changing your name may seem a bit daunting and slightly overwhelming, but changing your name after you get married is actually a quite straight forward process. It's just a bit time consuming and it helps if you know where to start, and have a plan. Read more about changing your name after getting married.
About half of divorced women choose to change their name. There are a few different options for changing your name, and no, you don't have to go back to your maiden name! Read more about changing your name after divorce.
People choose to change their name for a variety of reasons. Maybe you just want to change the spelling of your name, you don't like the name your parents gave you, you want to get rid of your middle name, you want to remove any family associations, or maybe you just want a change! You can legally change your first name, middle name or surname, or any combination of those. Read more about changing your name.