Changing a child’s name


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A Guide explaining what must be done if you wish to change either your child’s surname or first names.

The right to change a child’s surname depends very much upon whether both parents have parental responsibility.

If a Child Arrangements Order is in place, the leave of the Court must always be obtained.




The considerations of the court
The welfare of the child
Registration of a child’s name
Change of forename
Deed of change of surname
Consent to change of child’s surname