QUESTION: I recently got married and my wife is to get her first Pakistani passport. I just need to know..... is it a good idea to change her surname to mine? She used her maiden name until now.
Is it mandatory for a woman to adopt her husband name or not? Would it create any problem for her spouse visa application at the British Embassy in Pakistan?
In law there is nothing to say that your wife cannot use her maiden name. By keeping her name as it is, it may be easier for her when she makes an application for entry clearance. Once she has sorted out application and is the UK then she may look to change her name to yours.
Just remember that legally it makes no difference.
Hope this helps.
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10 January 2012
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