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Take back your maiden name
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
A change of name (name declaration) describes the process of changing the surname in connection with a change of civil status. Name changes can take place in the following cases, among others:
- Naming by the mother with the consent of the non-custodial parent,
- Names given by the mother and her husband,
- New determination of the birth name after establishment of joint custody by the parents,
- declaration following a change of name by the parents or one of the parents,
- first determination of a birth name after the birth of the child abroad.
For spouses, civil partners, divorced or widowed persons
- Subsequent determination of a married name, for example after marriage abroad,
- Declaration of a double name (prefixing and adding a name to the married name) by a spouse,
- Revocation of the addition of a name to the married name,
- resumption of the former name after dissolution of the marriage.
Whether and in what form a name change (name declaration) is possible in each case must be clarified on a case-by-case basis.
Please note: Name changes (name declarations) are generally irrevocable.
Who should I contact?
To the municipal, local or city administration (registry office) of your place of residence.
The registry office will then forward the declaration to the relevant registry office:
- for spouses: to the registry office of the place of marriage,
- for children: to the registry office of the place of birth.
Which documents are required?
As different documents have to be submitted in each case, it is recommended that you contact the responsible office in advance.
What are the fees?
The fee for a name change is 30.00 euros.
What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?
- The name change becomes effective upon receipt by the competent registry office.
- If the name change is submitted to a registry office without jurisdiction, it only becomes effective when it has been received by the competent registrar (registry office of the marriage or place of birth).
- §§ Sections 1355, 1616 to 1618 of the German Civil Code (BGB),
- Art. 10 para. 2 and 3 Introductory Act to the German Civil Code (EGBGB).
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.