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Can the name of the deceased spouse be used?

Verified 18 août 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Yes, you can continue to use the name of your deceased spouse as a custom name. However, this is no longer possible in case of remarriage.

You only use your spouse's name

You can retain the use of this name.

You have no steps to take.

For example, you use Martin instead of your Dupont birth name.

If you wish, you can include the statement on your papers « widowed » or « widowed » between family name and the name of your spouse.

For example, Dupont widow Martin. Simply select this option on the form.

You use a double name

If your usage name is a double name like Dupont-Martin, you can continue to use that name.

You have no steps to take.

  Warning : in the event of remarriage, you may no longer include the name of your deceased spouse on your identity card or any other administrative document.