Commentary

4.3 Parental power to change name of a child

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| Commentary

4.3 Parental power to change name of a child

| Commentary

4.3 Parental power to change name of a child

Since the Children Act 1989, if parents of a child were married to, or civil partners of, each other at the time their child was born, both parents have parental responsibility for the child1. This includes the power to change the child’s name2, but the power is one that must be exercised jointly by those having parental responsibility, ie all those having parental responsibility must consent, and in the absence of such consent, the court’s permission will be required3. Where there is an actual dispute as to whether there should be

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