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May I ask if all of your children were born after 2003 please? Were the born in either England or Wales?
From what you say would their father refuse permission do you consider?
Have you discussed the possibility of changing names with the children if they are old enough?
Based on what you say if the father is named on their birth certificates he will have joint parental responsibility. Accordingly the starting point would be that his permission would be required. If this is not forthcoming then it is still possible to proceed however a court order would be required. This creates some complications potentially given the childrens ages...
A court will be prepared to give permission for a change of name if it believes it will be in your childrens best interests to allow the name change. The court will take into account amouunt of commitment of their father to your children and the quality and frequency of their contact.
However your childrens age will also be a significant factor. In general it is difficult to persuade a court to change a name without both parents consent where the child is under the age of 5 unless there has been violence on the part of the father.
May I address your last question in a few moments?
It is typically easier to apply for a change of anme for children over the age of 11 -assuming they want to change their name - because the court will take into account the views of your children. Once your children reach the age of 14 it is almost a rubber stamping exercise as the views of the child are then paramount. If you desire to change the names of children under 11 then this is possible but it will often be better to adopt a two stage approach of double barrelling their surnames in the first application with the new name and then a further application later to remove the original name. The above issues will still be considered but this approach tend towards greater success in general
I note you have gone offline. Would you like to continue? In particular with regards XXXXX XXXXX last above question?
Don't worry; thats fine. Would you like me to respond to your last question above?
with regards XXXXX XXXXX child on his birth certificate the father is not named, on the basis you are not married to the father at the time of childbirth, you would have sole parental responsibility for that child and therefore would not need the father's consent in order to change their name.
For that child, you could simply elect to change their name using a deed poll. with regards XXXXX XXXXX other children on whose birth certificates the father is named, the position would be as above and initially, asking for his permission would be the first step exactly as you say
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