Can you change a childs surname?(21 Posts)
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Ok, I understand that people have strong opinions about fathers rights and such like and so I know this might cause a bit of a ruck but that's not why I'm posting it...
My dd has her fathers surname, I would like her to have my surname. We were never married and he does not have Parental Responsibility. Am I able to get dd's surname changed
a. without his permission
b. without him knowing until it's done
And final questions can he contest this at any point??
there was a thread on this recently, i will look for it
Btw I personally would NOT have given my children their father's surname if we hadnt have been married, nor do i think it is unreasonable not to do so. Not that this has anything to do with your question! i was just giving you my opinion!
AFAIK, as he doesnt have PR, you can change her name without her consent (got it from here
theres another thread somewhere about this but cant find it at the moment
Oh how weird - that was only a couple of days ago and I missed it!!! what a coincidence, apologies for duplicating it.
fio2 fwiw, I wanted to give her my name but her wouldn't allow it
just thought id add that i changed my sons name without permission from father (never married and no pr) I did it via internet through deed poll. Had to write a letter stating i only parent with PR and that was that! And no he cant contest!
bonkerz - that sounds perfect - and it's all legal??
Do you have the site? I'm just looking at Citizens Advice at the moment
i slipped up....i thought that ex wud have to know b4hand even though he didnt have parental responsibility.....& now its too late because he has pr. SS if i were u id get it changed...because later on u wont stand a chance if he gets pr. i wish id done it.
We have been split 2 years, the only reason he would apply for PR would be to spite me and I doubt under the circumstances that he would get it!!
I just found this on CAB website...
Changing a childs name
A childs name can be changed at any time, provided it is not to deceive or defraud another person. There is no legal procedure which must be followed in order to change a childs name, providing all the people who need to give their consent have done so. The parent simply starts using the new name. A childs forename or surname can be changed, names can be added or rearranged.
Although there is no legal way to change a childs name, you may need evidence that a childs name has been changed (see under heading Evidence of change of name ). However, the details on a childs birth certificate cannot be changed, except in limited circumstances.
Changing details on a childs birth certificate can be complicated. If you wish to do so you should consult an experienced adviser, for example, at a Citizens Advice Bureau. To search for details of your nearest CAB, including those that can give advice by email, click on nearest CAB .
If you are a child or young person under 16 your consent does not have to be given for your name to be changed. However, if you object to your name being changed you can apply for a court order to prevent the change, provided the court is satisfied that you have sufficient understanding of what is involved.
As a child or young person under 16 you cannot change your surname without your parents consent.
Once a childs name has been changed it can be used for all purposes, such as starting school and registering with a GP. However, evidence may be required (see under heading Evidence of change of name ).
Who can change a childs name
Where only one parent or person has parental responsibility for a child, that person can lawfully change the childs name. Where two or more people have parental responsibility for the child, one of them can lawfully change the childs name if all the others agree. Such agreements do not need to be in writing.
If there is a residence order in force, a childs name cannot be changed without the written agreement of anyone else who has parental responsibility or the permission of the court.
For more information on residence orders, see Relationship breakdown and children in Ending a relationship .
This means that where the parents are or have been married, neither can change the childs name without the consent of the other parent. If the parents have not been married, the mother can change the childs name without the fathers consent unless he has acquired parental responsibility through agreement or by a court order.
For more information about parental responsibility, see Cohabitation and marriage: legal differences .
For further information, see Ending a relationship .
i just typed in deed poll into google search. Think it cost me about £20 but well worth it as paperwork is all legal! CAB is just a sheet and doesnt look good as did that too! well worth the deed poll cost and means all passport etc will be in new name!
Hope it's okay if I ask a supplementary question on this - dh and I are married but I haven't changed my name (and won't be doing so). We haven't decided yet which surname the bean will have - I think my long-term aim is that we'll have one with my surname and one with dh's. When we register the birth, I assume the registrar isn't going to kick up a fuss if the bean has my surname?
I think he does have PR marysavannah, IIRC the law applied to births registered after 1 Dec 03. But check, I could be wrong. Tribpot, no the registrar won't care what name your child has.
mary, you have to report the violence. And then you can get an injunction to stop him contacting you.
Posted a link to Women's aid on your other thread.
Proof doesn't matter. Honestly. Call your local police station and ask to speak to the Domestic Violence unit.
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