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Can a special guardian change the surname of a child in their care if the child’s parents have parental responsibility?

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Published on LexisPSL on 17/06/2016

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  • Can a special guardian change the surname of a child in their care if the child’s parents have parental responsibility?

Can a special guardian change the surname of a child in their care if the child’s parents have parental responsibility?

The effect of a special guardianship order (SGO) is that, while the order remains in force, the special guardian appointed by the order has parental responsibility for the child in respect of whom it is made.

Subject to any other order in force relating to the child under the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989), parental responsibility can be exercised by the special guardian to the exclusion of any other person with parental responsibility (apart from another special guardian). There are, however,

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