Children Must Bear Surnames Of Both Father And Mother Italy’s Court Rules

Italy’s constitutional court has ruled that a newborn child must bear the names of both parents, describing the old tradition of children taking only their fathers’ surnames is discriminatory and harmful to the identity of a child.

The court has however given a caveat that if a husband and wife talked f in determining the choice of a surname.

In the court’s view, a child belongs to both father and mother so they should be involved in determining the choice of a surname for the child.

Italy’s parliament is expected to approve new legislation to make it applicable.

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