Child could soon carry mother's surname

31st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2006, BRUSSELS — Children should be given in future a double surname, gaining the father's and the mother's last name, federal State Secretary for the Family Gisèle Mandaila said.

31 March 2006

BRUSSELS — Children should be given in future a double surname, gaining the father's and the mother's last name, federal State Secretary for the Family Gisèle Mandaila said.

The Francophone Liberal MR deputy minister's comment is the latest phase of a discussion that has waged in Belgium since 1978.

"The discussion has been dragging on for years. It is time to make decisions. The proposal anchors the equality between man and women in the giving of a name and takes into account our customs," Mandaila said.

The state secretary wants children to gain the surname of both his or her parents, but with a definite order, news agency Belga reported on Friday.

A child's surname will be made up of the father's last name first, followed by the mother's last name.

Mandaila said making the father's name the first part of the child's surname will establish the father's link to the child and stress the responsibility he holds in raising the child.

However, to not reduce the mother's role to simply one in which she gives birth, Mandaila thinks her surname should be added to the child's surname also.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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