Court sympathizes with German couple who can't agree on son's name

7th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Judge can barely suppress a grim while considering the case.

Berlin -- The inability of a married couple to agree on a name for their 14-month-old son is no grounds for the authorities to impose a fine, a Munich court has found.

The daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday the judge could scarcely suppress a grin at the bizarre details of the case before him.

The couple, she a lawyer and he a judicial civil servant, have agreed their not-so-new-born should have four names.

The father proposes David Laurin Raphael Julian but the mother wants an additional biblical name. The father believes there is enough Bible there already.

The legally skilled couple were arguing that the Munich city authorities had no right to impose a fine of 50 euros (75 dollars) a month on them for failing to agree on a name after a full year had passed.

A fine of this nature was intended, rather, to compel parents who had agreed on a name to register it, they argued.

The father, who appeared on his own, expressed optimism he would reach agreement with his wife before their son attended a kindergarten but would not commit himself to precisely when. "I'm not a prophet," he said.

The judge agreed to hold back on the fine.

Expatica with DPA

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