We have considerable experience in the complete range of orders which can be made under the Children Act 1989. Among these are applications to change the name by which a child is known.

Where a child arrangements order is in force there is a statutory restriction in section 13(1)(a) of the Children Act 1989 in relation to a change of name without the written consent of the other parent or permission of the Court. In these circumstances a change of name will only be possible if the court gives permission for making the proposed name change. If there is not already a child arrangements order in place and the parties do not agree to the proposed change, there will need to be an application for a specific issue order. The leading case of Dawson v Wearmouth [1999] 2 AC 308 and subsequent authorities provide the guidance to be applied to such applications.

The private law children team are available to give expert advice on the prospects of success of a name change application, guide you through the process, assist in drafting applications and skeleton arguments, and to provide robust advocacy at court.

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