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When may I want to change my name?
There are many reasons for wanting to change your name, including:
- if you get married or enter into a civil partnership, or want to take your partner's name;
- if you get divorced, dissolve a civil partnership or end a long-term relationship;
- to take a double-barrelled name after you marry or enter into a civil partnership;
- as part of a change of gender;
- because you dislike your current name;
- to separate yourself from a particular person or a time or event in your life;
- to stop a former partner finding you; or
- to feel more part of a new family, for example a step-family.
You may also want to change a child’s name.
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If you are trying to piece together your family history then birth, marriage and death certificates can be crucial. The General Register Office for England and Wales (GRO) oversees the registration of births, marriage, civil partnerships, deaths, adoptions and stillbirths and holds a wide range of records that may help you to trace your family tree, starting from 1837.
The National Family Justice Council (FJC) is an independent body that was created in 2004 in order to improve the experience for users of the family justice system, namely the families and children involved. It is funded by the Ministry of Justice.
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