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  Italy’s Highest Court Rules Children to Be Given Mother’s and Father’s Surnames
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 28, 2022 09:11am
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AuthorGaia Pianigiani
News DateWednesday, April 27, 2022 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionItaly’s top court ruled on Wednesday that children born in the country will be given their mother’s and father’s surnames at birth, declaring the automatic practice of only giving children their father’s surname “constitutionally illegitimate.”

Parents will be able to choose the order of surnames or decide to use only one, a statement on the ruling from Italy’s Constitutional Court read, citing principles of equality and the children’s interest. Except in certain circumstances, Italian families have been unable to give their children their mother’s surname alone.

“Both parents should be able to share the choice of a surname, which is a fundamental element for one’s personal identity,” the court wrote.

Compared with other European countries where both surnames can be used for children, like France, Germany and Spain, Italy has been slow in embracing the recognition of the mother’s family name.
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