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Ontario eases rules for switching last name

12/29/2011 11:44 EST | Updated 02/28/2012 05:12 EST

Switching back to your maiden name after a marriage ends will be easier in Ontario starting Friday.

The provincial government has urged divorcées, widows, widowers and those who have annulled to make the name change within 90 days.

If they did it on time the cost was $25. If they did not, people would face a $137 charge for a longer process when they eventually did switch their name.

The government is now removing the 90-day time limit and the $137 charge that came with failing to change on time. The cost will continue to be $25.

The new rule only applies to name changes after a divorce, annulment or death of a spouse.

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