I'm not sure im posting in the right place, so please forgive me if i am.
My dd is almost 7 and has had no contact from her bio father for almost 6 years. My question is how long until he loses all parental rights. I am wanting to change her last name as she doesn't identify to her current name. She doesn't even have contact to anyone in his family. This is completely on his behalf, i use to try and get him to see her and he once (5 years ago) did organize a time but failed to show up.
Any help would be wonderful. TIA.
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03-10-2015 12:43 #1
03-10-2015 16:17 #2
Is the father on the birth certificate? If so, I think you will need his consent to change her name, unless he has passed away.
Here is the info for Qld. It may vary state to state though. http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/legal...ilds-name.aspx.
Hope this helps.
03-10-2015 16:24 #3
Here's some more info. http://www.diyfamilylawaustralia.com...e_surname.html
You might like to think about whether you would just like to start using another name for her, rather than formally changing it if it's all too hard. Not sure how this would all work in the long run though...
03-10-2015 17:15 #4Senior Member
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If he's on the birth certificate then either you need his consent to change her name or you can apply to the family court for an order that her name be changed.
The thing is it's never a question of him "losing his rights" even if her name is changed. He remains her bio father forever and that never changes. If in the future he wants to get to know his daughter, that's always a possibility.
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