- Most of the law on naming children, registering changes to children’s names and changing birth registration details can be found in the BDMR A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation..
- The BDM Vic’s website (www.bdm.vic.gov.au) is a useful source of information.
- Most of the law on changing names is (1) The system of law developed by the English courts through precedent and adopted in ‘common law countries’ in the British Commonwealth (as opposed to Roman law (civil law) or ecclesiastical law). (2) The case law made by judges in that system. (3) Case law that is not part of the law of equity. (4) Historically, the rules of law common to all people in England, as distinct from local or customary laws. (for an explanation on the difference between common law and A law made by parliament, either state or Commonwealth. Also called an Act, and Act of parliament or legislation. law, see ‘Sources of Australian law’ in Chapter 1.1: Where our laws come from).
- For decisions made by the (formerly called) Family An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate. and Federal Circuit Court, see the Family Law Case Reports.
- For change of name upon adoption orders, see section 56 of the Adoption Act 1984 (Vic).
- For other Acts relevant to name changes, see the Extra information accompanying an Act of parliament or a contract, such as tables, lists or forms. to the BDMR Act.
- The CCH Australian Family Law and Practice publication is also a useful reference.
Relationships, families and young people
Marriage and divorce
Parental responsibilities and child support
Same-sex and de facto couples and families
- Introduction to family violence
- The law’s treatment of family violence
- Family violence intervention orders
- Changes to state family violence laws
- Family violence matters and the courts
- Undertakings in family violence cases
- Personal safety intervention orders for stalking
- Injunctions under the Family Law Act
- Changes to the Family Law Act and the family courts
- Binding over
- Compensation for family violence survivors
- Support for family violence survivors
- General advice for family violence survivors
- Family violence: Contacts
Adoption and the law
Changing your name
Young people’s rights and responsibilities
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