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    I am looking for an advice how to change my daughter’s surname.

    Her father and I already went to court as I was trying to relocate and got permission to do so. He didn’t get his way and now he doesn’t want anything to do with her.he also stop contributing.

    Since he will not be involved in her life I would like to change her surname. Can anyone advice how to do so? He is on the birth certificate.

    Thank you for any advice

    #59829 Report


    I believe a named parent on the birth certificate loses all rights if (s)he has had no contact with the child for more than 4 years. It could be a bit of a wait for you, still – I don’t know how long it has been, otherwise both parties need to agree.

    I wonder, if you were to set the ball rolling on it, it may encourage the absent parent to start contributing again and create the bond with the child?

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    Gingerbread Alex

    Hi, you might find the following information helpful from the Child Law Advice website.

    See in particular the sections ‘What is the process to change a child’s name?’, ‘What can be done if consent is not provided to change a child’s surname?’ and ‘What can be done if a parent with parental responsibility is absent from a child’s life?’

    I hope that helps,



    #59860 Report


    I just want to ask if you have asked the Father that you are willing to change her name since he is not contributing anymore and you want to take sole responsibility over her. otherwise you should file a petition for the change of name in the same court you both appeared where they are likely to get you a date in about 2 or 3 month for an approval but in most cases should both parties agree,it hastens the approval from the change of such name…. I think you both need talk and agree as the case might be.

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