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Child Name Change Guidance

Can I change my child’s name?

If you wish to change your child’s name, you will need the written consent of all of those with parental responsibility. This will always include the child’s mother and in most cases, the child’s father. Please refer to our Parental Responsibility section for more information.

Parents may wish to change their child’s name due to various reasons. 

  • To enable a child to have the same surname as a stepsibling or stepparent.
  • To double barrel a child’s surname to incorporate both parents’ names
  • If a child no longer spends time with the parent whose surname they have

How does it work?

Provided that all the people that need to give consent have done so a change of name deed can be prepared. Everyone with parental responsibility for the child needs to sign the deed and their signatures need to be witnessed.  

Our family solicitors can assist you with the preparation of a change of name deed.

What if we cannot agree?

Our family solicitors can advise on how you can resolve the issue amicably via negotiation or mediation. Mediation involves an independent, trained professional mediator speaking to both parties and attempting to agree on a mutual arrangement.

How can the Myerson family team help?

Our experienced family lawyers and solicitors can help advise you on the necessary steps to take to change your child’s name.

We have experience working with different families, with different needs so we can offer a bespoke service to suit your family.

If you would like to talk to us, in confidence, about how we can help, please call us on 0161 941 4000, or contact us online.

Meet Our Specialists

Home-grown or recruited from national, regional or City firms. Our specialists are experts in their fields and respected by their peers.

Jane Tenquist

Jane Tenquist

Jane is a Partner and Head of the Family Law Team

Nichola Bright

Nichola Bright

Nichola is a Senior Associate in our Family Law department

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah Whitelegge

Sarah is a Senior Associate in our Family Law department

Gabrielle Dugan

Gabrielle Dugan

Gabrielle is an Associate within the Family Department

Helen Royle

Helen Royle

Helen is a Trainee Solicitor in our Family department.


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