German parents in court over baby name

November 2, 2017 0 comments

family law

A German couple has decided to change the name of their baby after a closed door court hearing. The couple, from Kassel in central Germany, tried to register their newborn son as ‘Lucifer’ but were prevented from doing so by an official in the local registry office. Under German law, a baby’s name can be…

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Iceland asks: what’s in a name?

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September 15, 2017 0 comments

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Inhabitants of the isolated North Atlantic nation of Iceland have begun t to chafe against strict rules on what they can and can’t name their children. An official government organisation – the Mannanafnanefnd (|Personal Names Committee) – has specified the names which Icelandic parents may give their children since 1991. Staffed by three academics, the…

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Grandparents hate ‘unusual’ baby names

September 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

Grandparents hate it when their children choose unusual names for their babies such as Aurora, Noah and Finn. In a recent survey of 2,000 parents and grandparents by parenting sites Mumsnet and Gransnet, 19 per cent of grandparents said they hate or have hated names their children chose. This displeasure is not always kept a…

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The legal aid scandal that wasn’t

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August 2, 2017 17 comments

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I seem to spend much of my time here writing about misconceptions concerning the operation of the family justice system. In my post yesterday I mentioned the case Re C, in which a mother was given permission by the court to remove her child’s middle name. In passing I mentioned that the case had made…

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Egyptian parents could face jail over ‘western’ names

June 15, 2017 1 comment

family law

Parents in Egypt could be sent to prison if they give their children “western” names. A Parliamentary committee is currently debating legislation which would put such a policy in place. Under this law, parents who choose foreign names for their children would face a fine between LE1,000 and LE5,000 (Egyptian pounds) or up to six…

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One in five parents regret children’s names

September 1, 2016 1 comment

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Almost 20 per cent of British parents wish they had given their children different names, a new survey has revealed. In an online poll, 1,362 parents were asked if they regretted their children’s first or middle names and 18 per cent said they did. One in four of those parents said the main reason for…

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