Changing a child’s name—client guide
Changing a child’s name—client guide

The following Family precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Changing a child’s name—client guide

This document provides general guidance regarding changing a child’s name. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances.

Who can change a child’s name?

A child acquires their name when it is registered shortly after their birth by their mother or father, or someone else with parental responsibility. The birth certificate is the official record of the child’s name, as well as their date of birth and who their parents are.

It is possible to change a child’s forename or surname, or add more names. There are some restrictions on names that can be used, based on public policy.

The rules regarding children provide that:

  1. if only one parent or person has parental responsibility for the child, that person can lawfully change the child’s name, however if the parent without paren

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