If your child is aged under 16, it is possible to change their name by deed poll providing that all of the parties with Parental Responsibility are in agreement. However, the child’s birth certificate will not normally be changed as this is a historical record from when the child was born.
If a parent with Parental Responsibility does not consent to the change of name it will be necessary to obtain a Specific Issue Order from the Courts. Our expert lawyers will be able to bring your application to the courts and seek to persuade the courts that the change of name is in the best interests of the child. This can sometimes be difficult as the courts are reluctant to a change a child’s surname as it is considered an integral part of their identity.
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