Legal Clinic: She changed our child’s middle and last names

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What you need to know:

  • Registration of a child’s birth is also the entry of their name in government records as guided by the Births and Death Registration Act.
  • This is usually the official and first recognition of the child’s existence by the state.

Hello Eric,
I hope this finds you well. I had a child with my ex seven years ago and we are co-parenting though our relationship is strained. Recently, I learnt that she changed our daughter’s middle and last names. She got someone to issue a second birth certificate. Is this legal? How can I make sure the child has my name?


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