A Victorian baby has been named by a tribunal, after her parents could not agree on whose surname she should take.
The separated parents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, agreed on the child’s first and middle names, but each wanted the child to have their surname only.
To settle the dispute, the Victorian Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages used its discretion in May to give the girl her surname, using a hyphenated version comprising both parents’ surnames.
Unhappy, the parents challenged the decision in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The mother said her relationship with the father was brief and long distance, ending early in her pregnancy.
VCAT senior member Ian Proctor said the fact the child is living with the mother, with few visits from the father, is the most relevant factor in the case.
He ruled it was in the girl’s best interest to take her mother’s name. Read more on 7 news here.
Recently we shared the story of a French couple who were reported to authorities after trying to register their new babies name choice. Discover why HERE.
We previously asked our MoM’s what nicknames they gave their little jellybeans before they officially met. Some of them are very cute, while some are just plain WRONG, check them out HERE.
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