Child’s Surname After Separation Perth Family Law

In the family law case of Reynolds & Sherman [2015] FamCAFC 128, the couple separated shortly after the mother became pregnant. The mother seemingly wanted the child to take her name, and the father, a hyphenated name.

The Full Court stated that “… an order dealing with a child’s name falls within the broad terms of s64B(2)(i) and is therefore a parenting order.”

They also noted that when making parenting orders, the law requires the child’s best interests to be “… of paramount consideration …” requiring reference to section 60CC of the Family Law Act 1975.

child custody lawyer perthThe Full Court’s overall opinion was arguably that determination of a child’s name will depend on what is in their best interests.

Children’s matters can be complex. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice from our Perth family lawyers. We invite you to discuss your particular matter with our Legal Practitioner Director, Ms. Shannon Bodeker who is very experienced in children’s matters.

Prior to your first appointment, you may send us an email or similar outlining your situation. This information will be read on a complimentary basis prior to your first family law appointment.

Please note this is not family law advice. It is important to seek advice specific to your circumstances. We are a boutique, long-established family law firm.

Email our Legal Practitioner Director, Shannon Bodeker at, for your complimentary pre-read and first appointment at a reduced rate.

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