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Can you continue to use the name of your deceased spouse?

Verified 21 January 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Yes, you can continue to use the name of your deceased spouse like common name.

You have no no steps to take.

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If you only used the name of your spouse

For example, if you were using Martin instead of your birth name Dupont, you can continue to use Martin.

If you wish, you can put the words on your papers widowed or widow between your surname and your spouse's last name.

Simply tick this choice in the relevant form.

Example: Dupont widow Martin.

If you used a double name consisting of your name and the name of the person you were married to

For example, if you were using Dupont Martin as a usage name, you can continue to use that usage name.

Warning  

in case of remarriageHowever, you can no longer include the surname of your deceased spouse on your identity card or any other administrative document.