What happens when you get divorced or dissolve a civil partnership?
Upon divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership you are entitled to revert back to using your maiden name. Production of your divorce certificate or dissolution certificate will normally be sufficient evidence of the change of name.
Unsurprisingly, people are often not prepared to wait. They revert to their maiden name before the divorce or dissolution comes through. This can cause problems with the divorce or dissolution. It is essential that there is continuity through the papers otherwise you may have problems proving you are divorced or the partnership has been dissolved in the future. In particular, if the paperwork is not perfect you may not be able to obtain a new passport or open a new bank account. Our advice is to wait until the divorce or dissolution is completed.