CHANGE OF NAME APPLICATIONS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Case law and social science demonstrate that a name is important and associated with identity, especially for a child. This is an important area of family law with long-lasting effects. To that end, the Family Law Act categorises change of name as a major long term decision. There is no special test contained in the Family Law Act pertaining to change of name applications. The child’s best interests remain the paramount consideration when the Court determines whether to make an order pertaining to a change of name application for a child.
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