Here is a quick check-list of who will need to know you and your partner have ended your marriage or are separating from your co-habiting partner:
- your council tax office – you may be entitled to a discount
- your mortgage lender
- water, gas, electricity and telephone/mobile telephone companies
- your tax office, particularly if you’re getting tax credits
- your benefits or housing benefit office if applicable
- current school and future school if you have children and they are moving
- your bank or any other financial institution if you have a joint account. It may be advisable for you to freeze the account to prevent your partner withdrawing some or all of the money.
- Credit & store card companies
- pension providers
- building societies
- hire purchase or credit companies
- insurance companies, particularly if you have joint policies
- the post office, if you want mail redirected
- your doctor, dentist and child health clinic
- TV licensing
- Your or your child’s school, college or other education provider.
- Any professional bodies or associations that you are a member of.
- Any clubs or societies that you belong to.
- Your Probation Officer, if you have a criminal record and are on probation.
- Your social worker.
- The police, if you are on the Violent and Sex Offender Register. In these circumstances you must notify the police within 3 days of your change of name, or you may be committing a criminal offence.
- Your employer/s, current and former, if you still have a pension with them.
- HM Revenue & Customs, for tax and National Insurance details.
- HM Land Registry, if you own any land or property.
- The Department for Work & Pensions.
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