I did a post earlier about changing my daughters surname, there's an active non molestation order in place and we had to flee DV, these are conditions in which I read a child's surname could be changed without father's consent or a court order.. But was told it wasn't correct and gov.uk information was the correct information.
No but after many issues with a useless father going in for years DD is refusing to be referred to by his surname. I've labelled all of her new school clothes with my surname and have emailed the school detailing why. Her father is currently sectioned and can't consent to anything so I guess we'll see how it plays out with school.