Unfortunately unless it is truly affecting your child a court won't even consider it.
You need to show that it is the best interest of the child and have this in writing and loads of evidence.
A court psychologist will pick up in 5 minutes whether it's really an issue for your child.
If the child still has contact with the bio dad it's a very high % rate that a judge orders just a hyphenated name.
So, my original thoughts of hyphenating her name as a 'known as' name sounds like the best option for now until she is old enough to change it herself.
I was interested in changing it so that when we are married (eventually) and our new baby is born, we all have the same surname. She is 8 and doesnt really know any different. So I was thinking of hyphenating it to avoid the questioning of "why is my name different to my sister?". Its a long story to explain.
But it looks like hyphenating is the only option. How would I prove her identity though? Someone said something about a licence and things? Wouldnt you need your birth certificate for that?
Was the form you meant a different one for a different state maybe? Maybe I missed something and there's hope!
It's a different form as I'm Vic. But I was referring to the fact that you can apply as a sole parent when the other party isn't on the birth certificate.
Read section 1-3 in the guidelines. You can still apply to the magistrates court and seek a change without his permission which I would be doing I your case if he hasn't seen her in 6 years.
Then if you were successful in court you can fill out your form with the attached orders as a sole parent.
I'm in vic, my lawyer told me after I was given sole responsibility that I wouldn't need ex's consent for anything, for passports, moving towns/states etc.
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