Jul 14 2011
A court has been forced to step in and choose the name of a two-year-old Muslim girl after her parents split up before she was born because they could not agree what to name her.
UK DAILY MAIL – Justice Colin Forrest said: ‘I am drawn to the conclusion that the father’s opposition to the name (chosen by the mother) is yet another example of his determination to control the mother and her parenting of these two children.’
The father also claimed the name the mother picked was blasphemous in his Islamic faith. (Did she name her Miss Piggy?) Justice Forrest said an imam gave evidence that there was nothing about the name that was offensive to Islam.
He said that if the child was known by two different names, it was likely she would become accustomed to that idiosyncrasy and learn to cope with it. And he added that she would ultimately choose for herself which name she preferred to be called. But, he added, the problem was the fact the birth had not been registered and that was why court intervention was needed. The little girl was yet to have her birth registered, with each parent calling her by a different name.
The Family Court of Australia decided the first name the mother chose should be used and ordered that the girl be registered by it. She had already been known by her father’s surname.
The court heard the mother, who picked the girl’s name because of its meaning and the way the toddler looked when she was born, offered a compromise. She suggested having the two names hyphenated, but the father vehemently opposed the suggestion.