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Name change generally refers to the legal act by a person of adopting a new name different from their current name.
The procedures and ease of a name change vary between jurisdictions. In general, common law jurisdictions have loose procedures for a name change while civil law jurisdictions are more restrictive.
A pseudonym is a name used in addition to the original or true name. This does not require legal sanction. Pseudonyms are generally adopted to conceal a person's identity, but may also be used for personal, social or ideological reasons.

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    Terminating fathers rights

    I’ll try and make this as detailed yet obscure as possible (for my own safety). I have multiple children, all under the age of 5. Their biological father has not been in their lives at all for the last two years, and for some time before that was only sporadically around (domestic and family...
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    QLD Name change of beneficiary

    My late father has included me and my sister in his will prior to his passing. In 2012, I had changed my surname back to my mothers maiden name. At the time of the will being made in 2019, my father was unaware of the change, and so i’m in the will under my previous surname. I am also listed as...
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    WA Name change obligations

    Following harrasing emails, birth mother changed son's name when he was 4 years old, 2 years after separation. Original surname was fathers surname only. Name is now hyphenated "mother's surname-fathers surname) Child has always been aware of his original name. Is father now legally obliged to...
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    QLD Has My Friend Committed Bigamy under Australian Law?

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    QLD Applying for Name Change with Sole Parental Responsibility?

    I've been granted sole parental responsibility by the family court and am wanting to change 2 of my children's surname to match my own and their other siblings. Would the documents saying I have sole parental responsibility be enough to apply for a name change with births, deaths and marriages...
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    NSW Changing son's last name

    Hi everyone, My last post I wrote wouldn't post for some reason so I'll try to keep it short and simple. I'm trying to change my son's name but the father hasn' been able to be contacted for a few years now. No one knows his location. Relationships Australia said I cannot proceed with...
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    VIC Urgent Namge Change for 17 year old without full parental consent

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    SA South Australia Whats in a Name?

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    SA Ex Requesting Me to Sign One Page of Full Document?

    Ok, so I'm, going through a property settlement dispute with my ex, and custody of children with my son, and she wants to change both her name, and my son's name to include both our last names (her mother's last name) "This is what she is telling me" However, there are 4 instances of her being...
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    SA Family Law - Changing Son's Surname Without Father's Signature?

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