Court Names Child

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )




A COURT has been forced to step in and choose the name of a two-year-old Australian girl because her parents couldn't agree.

The little girl was yet to have her birth registered, with each parent calling her by a different name, the Herald Sun reported.

The Family Court of Australia recently decided that the first name the mother chose should be used and ordered that the girl be registered by that name.

She has already been known by her father's surname.

The couple's relationship broke down before the girl was born.

Justice Colin Forrest was asked to rule on a name, as well as the amount of time the child and her brother spent with each of the parents.

"I am drawn to the conclusion that the father's opposition to the name (chosen by the mother) is yet another example of his determination to control the mother and her parenting of these two children," Justice Forrest said.

He said the child would ultimately choose for herself which name she preferred to be called. But, Justice Forrest said, the problem was the fact the birth had not been registered.

The court heard that the mother offered a compromise of having the two names hyphenated, but the father vehemently opposed the suggestion.

The mother said she picked the girl's name because of the name's meaning and the way the toddler looked when she was born.

But the father claimed the name the mother picked was blasphemous in his Islamic faith and the hyphenated name suggested was as offensive to him as the name the mother had chosen alone.

Justice Forrest said an imam gave evidence there was nothing about the name that was offensive to Islam.

But the imam told the court he did not know the meaning of the name the father had selected for the child and did not know whether or not it was offensive to Islam.

Obviously we don't know the names that were chosen by each parent, but what do you think? Is it fair that the court ordered the name the mother chose because the child has the father's surname?

If I can find more information, I will, but I would say that more info will not be released for the privacy of the child involved.


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Becky - posted on 07/13/2011




I think it's insane that at 2 she had no name and her birth was not registered yet. You only have 2 weeks after the birth to do that here!
If the mother is the primary custodian, then she should be allowed to choose the name. So if that's the case, then I don't see any issue with the judge's ruling. A decision needed to be made, poor girl can't go without a name forever!

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HOLY FUCK! What next? Grow up! Get a life!

I'm in a really good mood right now! ;)

I personally would be irked if Roxanne legally had Chad's surname if we weren't together. As it stands right now her surname is hyphenated with mine first followed by Chad's. For all intents and purposes she'll go by his last name, but for legal purposes I wanted my name in there too. Maybe I'm crazy.

I think the primary custodian should pass on their surname if the parents are not of the same last name.

I don't have a problem with the court order forcing the mother's choice of first names. She was willing to compromise and he declined so fuck him. Gah

Jane - posted on 07/13/2011




The father seems to be a controlling a**hole. The mother offered to compromise but the father refused. I think the court made the right call. The child has the father's last name and a first name from the mom - sounds fair to me.

Amber - posted on 07/13/2011




I think the judge made the right call. The mom was trying to compromise and offering to use both names. She was trying to meet him in the middle.
The father refused to choose anything that he hadn't expressly decided on without her. Not to mention the fact that he lied about the meaning of the name in reference to his religion to make his case stronger...

Mrs. - posted on 07/13/2011




Ouch, looks like the Judge did all he could, showed due diligence and gave an option to compromise. Looks like the judge must have come to the same conclusion about the father that the mother did....the dude sounds crazy and it is best to not indulge him.

Katherine - posted on 07/13/2011




I wonder if there is a law stating that in the event something like this happens, the mother gets to name the child....?

Amanda - posted on 07/13/2011




Silly, shame parents cant get along even when separated. This poor girl.

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