| Commentary

4.1 Overview

| Commentary

4 Change of name by children

4.1 Overview

A child for these purposes is a person under the age of 18 years. It is purely as a matter of convention that a legitimate child takes the surname of its father and an illegitimate child that of its mother. This is recognised in the requirement that, in entering a child’s birth under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953, the surname to be entered is that by which it is intended that the child will be known1, although fathers of illegitimate children also register the child in their name.

A child’s birth must

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