In Summary
  • At birth every child enjoys recognition that is both social and legal
  • The advice shared is directed by the assumption that this will be the first but late registration
  • Please email your queries to lifeandstyle@ke.nationmedia.com

Hi,

I want to apply for a birth certificate for my two-year-old son but I need to change the middle and surname on the birth notification. The names are my son's biological fathers name. How can I do this please?

Regards,

Lily 

Lily, welcome to 2020

At birth every child enjoys recognition that is both social and legal. Legal acknowledgement of any child is foundational to all other antecedent and auxiliary rights and responsibilities.

In particular it’s the basis upon which state recognition, documentation and obligation is derived.

Similarly, social recognition serves to meet the expectations and commitments of families and the community at large to the wellbeing of a child.

In the aforementioned context, I wish to state that registration of birth of a child is their first fundamental right as it breathes legal life into their presence or existence. Registration guarantees the child’s right to a name and nationality.

Lily, you wish to apply for a birth certificate for your two-year-old son. In this process, you intend to change part of the name as enumerated in the birth notification, by replacing the middle and surname.

The advice shared is directed by the assumption that this will be the first but late registration.

Under the Births and Deaths Registration Act, any registration of birth taken after six months is considered late, which is synonymous with your purposed action.

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