Deeds of Name Changes for Children
Anyone who has parental responsibility for a child under the age of 18 can draw up and register a Deed of Name Change on the child’s behalf. This can be used to change the child’s first name, change, add or remove middle names, or change their surname.
Everyone who has parental responsibility for a child must consent to the name change. When the children in question are between the ages of 16 and 18, they will also have to give their consent.
The only exception to this are individuals aged between 16 and 18 who are, or have been, married or in a civil partnership. These individuals will be treated as an adult for the purposes of the Deed of Name Change.
If you choose to register a Deed of Name Change for your child with the Supreme Court, you will need to produce the following supporting documents:
- An affidavit of best interest, stating why the name change is in the child’s best interest
- A statutory declaration