Surname of Children

General Information, Wedding in Chania

Whether the couple chooses a religious or civil marriage, they are obliged to declare the surname of the children in advance.

The couple may register the surname of the children at a notary, priest or mayor with an irreversible statement.
According to the law of equality the surname of the husband or wife or both surnames can be chosen, the children cannot have more than two surnames.

For those of you who intend to get married and have not made the relative statement, it is advisable to do so promptly, otherwise the children receive the surname of the husband.
Before the above law was issued it was obligatory for the children to receive their father’s surname.

The new law shows the passing from the paternal family (family in which the father dominated) to a family in which decisions are made from all members who respect each other’s rights.