CAN I CHANGE MY CHILD’S NAME
Can I change my child’s name?
The law regarding parental responsibility in relation to the father varies slightly throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so please see below for more information. Alternatively, please scroll down this page to view our helpful ‘parental responsibility flowcharts’.
Births registered in England & Wales:
Births registered in Northern Ireland:
Births registered in Scotland:
- If either parent is deceased then sole parental responsibility will pass to the sole living parent.
- If there is a court order giving someone else parental responsibility then their consent must also be obtained.
- If both parents have parental responsibility for the child, but permission cannot be obtained from one of them, for example, because they refuse to consent, or because their whereabouts are unknown, then you will need to apply for a Specific Issue court order. This is required, in the absence of the other parent’s consent, to make the change legally binding (official).
Parental Responsibility Flowcharts
These helpful charts will help you to determine who has parental responsibility for your child.
NOTE: If both parents have parental responsibility, but consent from one parent i.e. the mother or father cannot be obtained, then learn how to apply for a Specific Issue court order – and download the relevant court form (C100). This is required, in the absence of the other parent’s consent, to make the change legally binding (official).