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The name game: what to do at the airport if your children don’t have your surname

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It’s supposed to stop child trafficking, but making families take extra documents if they don’t share surnames just catches those who have deviated from the hetero-nuclear norm

The Home Office has released its seasonal advice for parents travelling with children whose surnames they don’t share: take supporting documents to avoid being cross-examined at customs. Well, not exactly – it’s closer to: “Expect to be cross-examined – then make sure you have supporting documentation if your child fails the cross-examination.”

Birth or adoption certificates are preferable, but other recognised proofs are divorce and death certificates, or a letter from the parent with the right surname, or if you prefer, the proper parent.

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