OK, then the consent of each person with parental responsibility is required in order to change the name of a child who is under the age of 16.
The application forms to change a child’s name via deed poll can be located on the GOV.UK website. There is also a guidance document which provides further detail on the application process.
Official documents and records can be changed to the new name once the deed poll process has been completed. The birth certificate can still be used for identification purposes but it should be accompanied with the deed poll certificate which evidences the change of name and overrides the name on the birth certificate.
You should note, that an application can be made to the court for a specific issue order in the event that a person with parental responsibility will not consent to the change of name.
This is done using Form C100 and paying the court fee to the local Family Court Centre.
You would need to demonstrate that, in accordance with the welfare checklist, it would be in the child’s best interests for this order to be granted. A child’s name is ***** ***** integral part of their identity and therefore this type of application is not ta***** *****ghtly by the court.
If successful you can then proceed to change the child’s name via deed poll.