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BIRTHS, DEATHS AND MARRIAGES REGISTRATION ACT 2003 - SECT 13

Application to change child’s first name within a year of birth

13 Application to change child’s first name within a year of birth

(1) This section applies if a child’s birth or adoption was registered in Queensland.
(2) The child’s parents may apply, in the approved form, to change the child’s first name in the relevant child register.
(3) However, 1 of the parents may apply to change the child’s first name if—
(a) the parent is the only parent of the child entered in the relevant child register; or
(b) the other parent is dead; or
(c) a Magistrates Court approves the change of name.
(4) The child’s guardians may apply, in the approved form, to change the child’s first name in the relevant child register.
(5) However, 1 of the guardians may apply to change the child’s first name if—
(a) the other guardian is dead; or
(b) a Magistrates Court approves the change of name.
(6) The registrar must not approve an application to register a change of a child’s first name to a prohibited name.
(7) A Magistrates Court may, on application by a child’s parent or guardian, approve a proposed change of first name for the child if satisfied that—
(a) the name is not a prohibited name; and
(b) the change is in the child’s best interests.
Note—
Under section 56 , a regulation may prescribe information that a court may consider when deciding or changing a child’s name.
(8) An application under this section may be made only once and within a year of the child’s birth.
(9) In this section—

"change" a name includes add a name.



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