Advice For Parents

Essential Guidance for UK Parents Legally Changing Children’s Names

Advice for parents

Changing Your Child’s Name? Here’s What UK Parents Need to Know

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child. But when it comes to legally changing your child’s name, things can get complicated – especially if you don’t have full consent. At Deed Poll UK, we’re here to guide you through the process.

First, confirm whether you have parental responsibility. This gives you a say in important decisions like changing your child’s name. If unsure, check or speak to a solicitor.

Next, verify if a change has happened by contacting your child’s school, doctor, etc. They should have the latest records. If the name has been updated without your permission, contact the other parent first to revert it. Additional legal steps may follow if needed.

If no change yet, be proactive. Inform institutions like schools and passport office of your concerns. This prevents issues down the line.

Got questions about child passports?

An unauthorised name change could invalidate it. Check for guidance.

Parents in Scotland can even request notifications from National Records of Scotland if anyone attempts to change their child’s details.

While we provide fast and affordable Deed Polls based on good faith, privacy laws mean we can’t verify parental consent. Just having a Deed Poll doesn’t finalise a name change either. Many use alternatives like online templates or solicitors too.

As you can see, understanding your rights is key for parents worried about unauthorized name changes. With the proper legal advice, you can contest decisions or put precautions in place.

Deed Poll UK is here to make the process as smooth as possible.

Get in touch today to start your child’s name change journey.





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