- Most of the law on naming children, registering changes to children’s names and changing birth registration details can be found in the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic).
- The Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria’s website is a useful source of information.
- Most of the law on changing names is common law (for an explanation on the difference between common law and statute law, see ‘Sources of Australian law’ in Chapter 1.1: Where our laws come from).
- For decisions made by the (formerly called) Family Court 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 schedule to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996 (Vic).
- 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
- Same-sex and de facto couples and families: Contacts
- Introduction to key legislation and recent reforms
- Victorian legislation related to same-sex and de facto couples and families
- Commonwealth legislation related to same-sex and de facto couples and families
- Having the same name
- Having children
- Other financial matters for de facto and same-sex partners
- Transgender and transsexual matters
- 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
Changing your name
Placing a child for adoption
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