This was reported in "Times of India, dated 19 February'2010, Mumbai edition, page 01".
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MY PERCEPTONS :
1. The name change HC order, is not applicable IF the Husband has died and neither the wife can be addressed as EX-wife. In case of husbands death (where the marriage contract is still running), the wife has legal right to use her husbands name TILL SHE REMARRIES.
* HUSBAND DEATH is NOT equal to Divorce (retains all heir'ercal rights, under HSAct).
* * WOMAN REMARRY IS equal to Divorce (Forefeits all heir'ercal rights, under HSAct).
2. Similarly, a Woman "AFTER" marriage CANNOT continue using her "maiden surname" (her fathers surname). She is compulsorily bound by Law (and now by the latest HC order) to change her old maiden surname INTO her latest married surname (which happens by legal default).
There is no provision under ANY Indian law to retain two different surnames. IT is a legal offfence of intentional "Misrepresentation" and "Fraud", when done so for purposes of Passport, Ration Card, Pan card, Bank account, Business registrations etc...
The Passport or the Ration Card or the Pan Card or the Bank Account or the Sales Tax/ Profession Tax / Excise registration cannot be done with a alien name (maiden name) since that name is non-existant (in the law of court) AND NEITHER such registration authorities will register anything in the maiden name, IF IT IS PROVED THAT THE WOMAN IS PRESENTLY UNDER RUNNING MARRIAGE CONTRACT, under another surname.
HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE LIVING IN A WORLD OF ILLUSION AND HALLUCINATION, like the world of Modelling, Film Industry, Call Girl or P o r n industry, or other fly-by-night industry or any other industry run by the gangsters (D-company), you can then definetely have several maiden names and several surnames, without any restrictions (Pun intended).
3. IF the female, freshly continues to use her maiden name, after marriage, it is a legal offfence of intentional "Misrepresentation" and "Fraud", when done so for purposes of Passport, Ration Card, Pan card, Bank account, Business registrations etc...
4. A child (legal heir) born after such "legal or illegal" wedlock, WILL HAVE TO COMPULSORILY continue using his mothers husbands surname, EVEN IF THE MOTHER HAS DIVORCED THE CHILD'S FATHER. - BUT - , the woman cannot continue using the child's father's (her former husband) surname after Divorce.
5. After Divorce, "IF" the mother remarries and also changes the surname of her partioned-custody-child and thereby giving him a gazetted new surname of her latest new husband, THEN THE CHILD LOSES HIS "INHERITANCE RIGHTS" over his original bio-logical father (whether Dead or Alive).
The child CANNOT have two inheritance rights. i.e. one inheritance right of his earlier bio-logical father and another inheritance right of / due to his latest surname of his step-father.
6. Similarly, the Woman loses ALL "INHERITANCE RIGHTS" immediately after the divorce decree has been passed, EVEN SPECIALLY IF THE HUSBAND DIES ACCIDENTLY or otherwise, AFTER SUCH DIVORCE DECREE is passed.
Keep Smiling .... Hemant Agarwal
Divorced woman can’t use ex’s name : HC
("Times of India, dated 19 February'2010, Mumbai edition, page 01")
Mumbai: What’s in a name? The famous Shakespearean line popped up during an acrimonious court proceeding on Wednesday.
“A lot,’’ said an aggrieved man, especially when my ex-wife is misusing it. The Bombay high court agreed and passed a rare order that might make divorced men smile. The court directed a divorced woman to stop using her former husband’s name and surname. The HC also clarified that the “ex-wife cannot use the husband’s name anywhere, including in her bank account’’.
The judgment was passed by Justice Roshan Dalvi as she dismissed a petition filed by a woman challenging an interim order of the Bandra family court. R R Vachha, principal judge of the family court in Mumbai, had last September restrained the woman from using her ex-husband’s name and surname as their marriage had ended four years ago. “By using the ex-husband’s name or surname, there is always a possibility of people being misled that she is still the wife,when in fact she is not,’’ said Vachha. The HC upheld the family court order and said it need not be interfered with but should be given effect to “for all purposes’’.
Man says ex using his name to embarrass him
Mumbai: The legal battle over names between the Mumbai couple arose a year after the family court in February 2006 granted them divorce and the HC finalised it the same year. But the wife says she has moved the supreme court where the matter is pending; she claimed she was still his wife.
The couple had begun their divorce fight in 1996 after staying together for a little over six months. When after their divorce, the woman filed for more maintenance, the husband—a 49-year-old police inspector—contended through his lawyers Ramesh and Sadhana Lalwani that his ex-wife continued to use his name even though she was no longer legally his wife and sought that she be restrained from doing so.
The man alleged that she was “mischievously posing as his wife, entering into altercations and caused embarrassing situations for him’’. He produced a news report from a local paper in his native village in Maharashtra about one such act of hers and said in villages where people were known by their family names, such behaviour affected not only him but also his entire family.
The Lalwanis also argued that since the woman was not a wife anymore, she was not entitled to tag on her ex-husband’s name and surname to her own as it would be misleading. The wife argued that her ex was merely being “malicious and trying to malign’’ her.
The family court held that “the marriage had come to an end by virtue of the orders of two courts, but still the woman claimed to be the wife’’. Observing that the issue arose out of a marital relationship, it restrained her from using the ex-husband’s name.
The woman immediately moved the high court in appeal and said the family court order was wrong. Her lawyer Milin Jadhav, the HC said, “fairly concedes that since the marriage has been dissolved by a decree for divorce which has become final, the wife cannot use the name of the husband’’. He hadalso said that the bank account of the wife stood in both her maiden and married names.
Justice Dalvi observed that “this itself shows that the wife uses the name of the ex-husband even after their marital relationship has been dissolved by a court order’’ and significantly held that “the descripttion of the bank account was improper and the family court order had to be adhered to’’.
Changing a name is not that difficult as it may seem
Once a divorce decree is in hand, a woman can change her name after divorce and even after remarriage
For instance when applying for her passport she can apply for change of name/surname by furnishing a copy of a divorce decree and fill out particular form given as an annexure in the application documents
The change of name has to be done at the government printing press office in the gazette and an insert of it in two daily newspapers is a must.