Change of Name

If you want to change your surname after a divorce or other change in circumstances, or you want to change your child’s surname, our Family Law solicitors can help you.

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Our family law solicitors offer a fixed fee change of name service. We'll draft a Change of Name Deed on your behalf. This can be submitted to various institutions and organisations, streamlining the entire process.

We understand that after a divorce, you might want to change your surname back to your maiden-name. If so, we can prepare a Change of Name Deed for you that will be accepted by all major banks and other financial institutions, the DVLA, the Passport Office, and other relevant organisations.

If you would like to change your surname following divorce or under any other circumstances, then we will prepare a Change of Name Deed for a fixed fee of £100 plus VAT.

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Changing a child’s surname

We can also draft a Change of Name Deed for children under 18 years of age, provided we have the written agreement of both biological parents.

If you would like to change your child’s name then we will prepare a Change of Name Deed for a minimum fee of £100 plus VAT, provided there is no dispute with the other parent. If further work is required by us, including letters to obtain permission from anyone with Parental Responsibility for the child, the quote will be based on our hourly rate instead.

If the change of name is not agreed by the other parent, then it is much more difficult to achieve and can often require an application to the Court. We can help you with this, if you are committed to changing your child’s surname. Sometimes this is the case where domestic abuse is a factor, or where the other parent does not have a relationship with the child.

Document you’ll need to bring

If you wish to use our Change of Name service, please be aware you will need to bring the full fixed fee to your initial interview, along with the following documents:

  • Photographic proof of your identification, namely a passport or birth certificate
  • Proof of your address
  • Proof of any previous changes of your name/your child’s name

We may require other information if you would like to change your child’s surname. Please ask about this when making an appointment.

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