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Peter Magee

The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Registry have two options when confronted with a situation where parents cannot agree on the name of their child, for the purposes of their birth certificate.

Option 1: Registrar can make a decision

Under Section 22(2)(e) of the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic) (“the Act”), a Registrar can assign … Read more

Peter Magee

Alvs Francis reported on Friday 10 August 2012 in Ninemsn news that a Queensland father has been unsuccessful in his Application to change his twin boys’
surname from the mother’s to his surname.

The twins were conceived during a brief relationship between the parties in 2007.

The father argued that he signed the birth certificates when the twins were born … Read more

Changing a child’s surname

by Peter Magee on January 28, 2012

Peter Magee
Have you ever wanted to change your child’s surname or wanted your child to have a hyphenated surname, for example, “Smith-Jones”?
What can you do if you do not agree with the child’s other parent about a particular surname? You may be surprised to learn that people do raise this as an issue in family law litigation.
It is important … Read more