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Child Change of Name

That Which We Call a Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet.  What Is In a Name?

Changing a Child's Name

Changing the name of a child is a decision that should be made by both parents together. Where:

  1. One parent seeks to change a child's name and the other parent disagrees; or

  2. If a parent has already started calling the child by another name and the other parent disagrees;

the matter can be brought before the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia for a decision about what name the child will be called by.  Once a court order is made, parents must use the name as ordered by the court.

The primary consideration in changing a child's name rests with the welfare of the child involved and how the change will affect the child both in the short-term and long term.

A range of factors can be considered including the child's living circumstances and arrangements, the child's view, the child's family and relationships, and any relevant reason that might show whether it is better or not, for a change of name to occur.

Bringing Change of Name Proceedings

Either parent can bring a change of name court application, however, the parents must attempt family dispute resolution first unless an exception applies including where there has been serious family violence and dispute resolution would not be appropriate.

Our family lawyers provide child change of name legal advice, dispute resolution legal services and court representation.

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