What Happens in the Case of Divorce?
In the case of divorce, it is generally possible to revert to your maiden name by sending copies of both your marriage certificate and decree absolute to record holders.
Should you end your civil partnership, you can usually reverse your name change by sending a copy of your civil partnership certificate and final order to record holders.
However, whether you were in a marriage or civil partnership, some organisations do not recognise a decree absolute of divorce or a final order as evidence and thus require a deed poll to reverse your change of name.
Can Children Change Their Name by Deed Poll?
Children under the age of 16 can legally change their name by deed poll, provided that everyone who has parental responsibility has given their approval, including legal guardians.
If someone under 18 wishes to enrol their name change, they require the consent of everyone with parental responsibility.