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Divorced and want to change child surname?

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asked on Jan 12, 2011 at 15:04
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edited on Aug 18, 2017 at 08:01
 
I am a Malaysia and have been divorced about 3 years plus. I hold the child custody right. The child is 5 years old and is with me everyday. My ex-husband will pay for child maintenance fee every month. He can visit the child once a week for 2 hours.

My question is:
Can I change my child's surname to either follow my surname or my current husband surname? May I know if that is possible?

Please advise.
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answered on Jan 13, 2011 at 21:22
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edited Aug 18, 2017 at 07:51
 
Give me some more info.
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answered on Jan 13, 2011 at 22:33
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edited Aug 18, 2017 at 07:56
 
I request or claim for child medical fee from him but he doesn't want to pay. He is only paying the monthly maintenance fee for the child. I no longer communicate with my ex-husband except once a week once for him to visit the son.

If lets say I plan to move far away from him and he is unable to visit the son, does he has the right to sue me? And how about I request to change of my child's surname?

Please advise thanks.
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answered on Mar 28, 2012 at 16:01
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edited Aug 18, 2017 at 07:57
 
I would like to know the answer to Colip's question as I am facing the same issue.

I am a divorcee holding my girl's custody. Ex-husband does transfer my daughter's monthly maintenance fee but isn't visiting her. I would like to change my girl's surname to mine. Is it possible in Malaysia? And I do not need to get his consent of doing this right?
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answered on Mar 28, 2012 at 16:29
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edited Aug 18, 2017 at 07:58
 
@Colip,

You may change his name appear on his identity card (NRIC) by making a sworn declaration. For more info, ask your nearest Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN). However, his name appear on birth cert is not possible to be changed. With regard to the medical fee and right of visit, it depends on the terms concluded in your divorce petition. If anyone of you breaches any terms, the other party deserves the right to sue.
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answered on Aug 1, 2017 at 20:53
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edited Aug 18, 2017 at 07:59
 
May I know whether a child age 1 year old and above can still change his surname on birth certificate or MyKID card?
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answered on Feb 21, 2018 at 15:11
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edited Mar 12, 2018 at 02:29
 
I'm divorced and have 2 daughters. Now I am taking care of them. I am gonna re-marry soon. Now I want to change my daughters surname. I just want to change it before she grows up and asks me. Is it possible?
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answered on Feb 21, 2018 at 15:50
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edited Mar 12, 2018 at 02:46
 
Now I want to change my daughters surname
MyKid - possible. But the current trend is not changing but adding an "aliases".
Birth Certificate - Not possible. Needs the approval of both parents whose name is stated in the birth certificate.

Example:
Original name: Tan Koon Seng
New name: Tan Koon Sang @ Chin Swee Mee

However the name listed in the passport will be Tan Koon Seng. At the back of the last page will be added: This person is also known as Chin Swee Mee.

I just want to change it before she grows up and asks me
Why try to change the roots of a child. Did you get their permission?

For 40 years till now I hate my Biological Parents. I have no roots, no accurate birth date and age, no accurate place of birth. My birth certificate is a big FAKE.
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answered on Feb 1, 2019 at 08:07
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edited Feb 25, 2019 at 23:03
 
Changing kids' surnames in our case is a constant request by my kids, not me. My ex husband never visits them nor pay a single cent of maintenance although in the petition it has stated clearly maintenance, education, medical fee to be borne by him but he just went MIA, too busy with his single life, changing partners more often than changing his pants 😅

We have been 11 years divorced now and never been in contact since then. He has never been interested in the kids all this while anyways. So my question is, how can this be done? I would like to do a formal adoption process as I have gotten married few months ago and my kids are pestering me to change their surname. They felt strange being like an outsider in the family and wish their name to be more relevant and closely tied to the family of theirs now.
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answered on Jun 15, 2019 at 03:11
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edited Jun 18, 2019 at 15:09
 
@Cindy Woo,

You may read this mandarin article for your reference: https://www.kuekong.com/change-surname-of-a-child/
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answered on Jun 15, 2019 at 03:13
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edited Jun 18, 2019 at 15:09
 
@gabriana,

I'm divorced and have 2 daughters. Now I am taking care of them. I am gonna re-marry soon. Now I want to change my daughters surname. I just want to change it before she grows up and asks me. Is it possible?
Yes you can.
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