I have a passport challenge, which I can’t seem to get answered!!
Currently my passport is in my maiden name, I then got married and took his name. I didn’t change over the passport as it was new and had at least 7/8 years on it. Now I have divorced him but kept the surname as I didn’t want to have a different one to my son.
When I come to renew (which I think is soon) How do I do it or do I send off my birth certificate and keep it my maiden name (have I just answered my own question!! lol)
I just worry that if that happens and I get my son one. his will be in a different name to mine! Would they challenge that?
If anyone can help with some light, that would be great.
It would be easier to not change the surname. But you can still change s ultimately having the same surname will help you as generally parents with different names to the children have more issues at passport control than those that don’t. Some with their children being questioned about the relationship with the adult And proof of relationship and rights to travel abroad questioned. So given that I’d change it. But if you’d rather not carry a letter of proof from the father giving rights to travel and the child’s birth certificate.
Hi, Thankyou for the comment but the question would be, if I was to change the surname on the passport then how would I do that?? as I no longer have the marriage certificate. I only have the divorce papers. Would it work from that?
You can use your marriage certificate and absolute decree to change your name, but the most common and easiest way is by a Change of Name Deed, and it’s accepted by all authorities.
It does bring responsibility though, since you need to inform people of the post-separation name change – everyone from the Passport Office to the DVLA as well as banks and credit card companies, and many will need to see the original deed poll document or a legal copy of it (a photocopy of the certificate will satisfy the others).
The Deed Poll Service actually has a pack with advice on making sure everyone’s informed.