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Plenary adoption: choice of child's surname

Verified 01 April 2022 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice

You adopt a child by plenary and you wonder which family name give to your child ? This page shows you the rules for choosing the family name according to your situation: couple, person alone or if you adopt the child of the person you are living with as a couple.

Adoption by couple

Step-by-step approach

For the first child of the couple

The adopted child by plenary can be named as:

  • The name of one of the couple's members
    In case of a double name, it is possible to pass the 2 parts of the name or only 1 to the child.
    Example:
    The name of the child adopted by Sofian Balduin and Serena Gautier Diallo may Balduin, Gautier Diallo, Gautier or Diallo.
  • Or a double name formed the names of each member of the couple, in the order they choose, and within one name each.
    Example:
    The name of the child adopted by Sofian Balduin and Serena Gautier Diallo can be: Balduin Gautier or Balduin Diallo or Gautier Baldwin or Diallo Baldwin.

For their next children

Name given to 1to child of the couple, adopted by plenary must given to the following children.

Indeed, the choice of name can be exercised only once.

However, the name of the following child may be chosen in the following cases:

  • The couple had a child born before 2005 and did not make a joint declaration of name addition
  • The couple has a child born before marriage and did not make a joint name change declaration

In the absence of a joint declaration of choice of name, the court responsible for adoption procedure sets the name of the child.

The child takes the name of each of the 2 members of the couple, up toto name in case of double name, placed in alphabetical order.

Example:

A child adopted by a couple Avril Marion and Gautier Diallo call April Gautier.

The name choice declaration must attached to query adoption and transmitted to the court responsible for adoption procedure.

The declaration of choice of name is made on free paper according to model.

Who shall I contact

The adoption decision indicating the new surname of the child shall be transcribed in the civil register.

The transcript takes place new birth certificate.

You can request a birth certificate, family booklet or updating your family booklet.

By a single person

Step-by-step approach

A child adopted by one person by plenary take name of enabler.

The same court shall motion for adoption and renaming.

Who shall I contact

The adoption decision indicating the new surname of the child shall be transcribed in the civil register.

The transcript takes place new birth certificate.

You can request a birth certificate, family booklet or updating your family booklet.

Adoption of child of Civil partnership, partner or partner

For the first child of the adopter and her Civil partnership/partner/partner

The adopted child by plenary can be named as:

  • The name of one of the couple's members
    In case of a double name, it is possible to pass the 2 parts of the name or only 1 to the child.
    Example:
    Bargain Avril Diallo He has a child that his father didn't recognise.
    She married Gabrielle Gautier.
    Gabrielle Gautier adopts this child by plenary adoption.
    The child name can be: April or Diallo or Gautier.
  • Or a double name formed the names of each member of the couple, in the order they choose, and within one name each.
    Example:
    Bargain Avril Diallo He has a child that his father didn't recognise.
    She married Gabrielle Gautier.
    Gabrielle Gautier adopts this child by plenary adoption.
    The child name can be: Avril Gautier or Diallo Gautier or April Gautier or Gautier Diallo.

For their next children

Name given to 1to common child of the adopter and of the person with whom he or she lives in a relationship, adopted by plenary, must be given to the following children of the couple.

Indeed, the choice of name can be exercised only once.

However, the name of the following child may be chosen in the following cases:

  • The adopter and the person with whom he or she lives as a couple, have a child born before 2005 and they have not made a joint declaration to add a name
  • The adopter and the person with whom he or she lives as a couple have a child born before marriage and they have not made a joint declaration of name change

In the absence of a joint declaration of choice of name, the court responsible for adoption procedure sets the name of the child.

The child takes the name of the adopter and of the person with whom he or she lives as a couple, up toto name in case of double name, placed in alphabetical order.

Example:

Bargain Avril Marion He has a child that his father didn't recognise.

She married Gabrielle Gautier Diallo.

Gabrielle Gautier Diallo adopts this child by plenary adoption.

In the absence of a choice of name, the child is Avril Gautier.

The name choice declaration must attached to query adoption and transmitted to the court responsible for adoption procedure.

The declaration of choice of name is made on free paper according to the a template.

Who shall I contact

The adoption decision indicating the new surname of the child shall be transcribed in the civil register.

The transcript takes place new birth certificate.

You can ask: a birth certificate, one family booklet or an update to your family booklet.