Children Need No Longer Take Father's Surname

  • By Kim Yeon-ju

    April 28, 2021 11:37

    The government will scrap a law requiring children to be given their father's surname.

    The move aims to expand the legal definition of a family now single parenthood and cohabitation have become more acceptable in Korea.

    The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on Tuesday announced new family policies it will implement over the next five years.

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    Currently, children can take the surname of their mother only if both parents agree when they register their marriage, but if no agreement is certified, the children are automatically given their father's surname. In future that can be decided when registering the birth. 

    Also, single mothers will be able to give their child their surname without court approval. Under current law, an unmarried mother has to seek court approval for her child to use her own surname when the biological father reappears and insists on changing the child's name. 

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