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Old 07-09-2020, 09:10 AM
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hi all! sorry i will give more information

we are already married-however at the time of marriage we did not change her surname. we wish to now. she wishes to legally take my surname

we were married in NSW

our marriage cert has her chinese firstname and her chinese surname

she wishes to, in steps

1.change her surname to mine, legally. whats the first step here, if even on her marriage cert it shows her maiden name currently?

2.change her chinese first name to her commonly used english name-emphasis on her passport-do we contact HK for this? currently no ID of hers says her english name-this is why i am a bit confused as to the step after this

then last but not least, change her first and last name on all relevant things like bank account, medicare ect. we first want to "legally" get her name changed so she is "known at" from that moment on

thanks in advance guys, always very helpful!


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Old 07-09-2020, 09:31 AM
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we were married in NSW

our marriage cert has her chinese firstname and her chinese surname

she wishes to, in steps

1.change her surname to mine, legally. whats the first step here, if even on her marriage cert it shows her maiden name currently?
It is normal to have the maiden name on the marriage certificate, but that certificate shows the partners surname which can now be used by the other partner.

Banks etc will take that as ID when taking the husbands name.

That side is simple and normal. No legal requirements to change to the married surname.


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2.change her chinese first name to her commonly used english name-emphasis on her passport-do we contact HK for this? currently no ID of hers says her english name-this is why i am a bit confused as to the step after this
This is more complex. My wife wanted to change her middle name.

The options for that were the QLD government official name change for $180, or change of name on new passport.
We did that eventually, but she began to use my surname immediately after marriage, using the marriage certificate, showing my surname and her old surname, as ID for her new surname.

If you choose to do an official name change, see: https://www.nsw.gov.au/topics/name-c...change-of-name.
But, 3 years residency is needed before that can be changed.

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