Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2013] All ER (D) 154 (Aug)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Jackson and Ryder LJJ (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation The mother appeared in person.
  The father appeared by way of written submissions.
Judgment Dates: 20 August 2013


Family proceedings - Orders in family proceedings - Specific issue order - Child's welfare - Parents having separated at time of D's birth - Mother agreeing to include father's name as D's middle name - Mother subsequently changing mind - Father applying to court to change D's name - Judge allowing application on ground mother had previously agreed and there was no reason not to order change - Mother appealing - Whether judge applying correct test.

The Case

Family proceedings Orders in family proceedings. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, quashed the decision of a county court judge to change a child's name to include the father's name as a middle name. The judge had failed to apply the correct test, namely the welfare checklist, when considering the father's application.

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