It is a custom for a woman to take her husband’s surname. There is no law that says she has to. She may keep her ‘maiden’ (pre-marriage) name or combine her own surname with that of her husband. Her husband has the same range of choices.
If a woman who used her husband’s (or her former husband’s) name on her A voluntary, formal and legally binding agreement between two people to have a permanent relationship together. There must be a statement in front of official witnesses who register the marriage with the authorities. See also cohabitation; de facto; divorce; domestic relationship. certificate wishes to begin using her maiden name again, all she needs to do is to start using that name again. As her birth certificate (or perhaps her citizenship certificate) A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. still be in her maiden name, she has written proof of her maiden name. However, it is important that she let people know.
If you marry overseas, note that some organisations do not accept overseas marriage certificates as proof of your right to use your spouse’s surname. This means that you need to provide proof that you have changed your name, in the form of a new birth certificate or a change of name certificate. To obtain these certificates, apply to register your new name with Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria; see ‘Registering a new name’, above.
In proceedings under the Family Law A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation. 1975 (Cth), if any A person or organisation directly involved in a court case. Parties include the plaintiff or applicant, the defendant, and any third party added to the action, but not independent witnesses. changes their name after the start of a case, the An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate. and the other parties must be provided with written notice of the name change (see r 24.03 Family Law Rules 2004 (Cth)).