She is 14 - turns 15 next Feb
We married in 2005 - been together since 2002
Do we apply to the local magistrates court?
Can we apply for a change of surname at the same time?
Who do we address the letter to?
do we attach the fee with the application - if so, how much do we have to pay?
Do we have to evidence that we cannot find him - not sure how we would do this - there was a history of substantial violence during the marriage and I can't say I've tried to keep in contact.... (there is an existing court order for maintenance - and the courts have written to us saying they don't know where he is)
No the biological father DOES have PR as we were married - that's the complicated part.
Deed poll may not be enough for passport name change as I may need a court order for that....same reasons - absent father with PR
he has not seen her since Feb 2006 - and contact before then was very sporadic...
We would ideally like my husband to adopt her - but I know that it can be a very long and complicated process...so settling for step parental responsibility is okay for now.
She has been known by her (and mine) Step fathers surname for years now, with the exception of her passport and GP surgery - as they ask for a court order confirmation before they agree to change it - hence my previous question.
I read on the deed poll website that the passport office may not accept a deed poll alone and may ask for a court order.