Women passing on surnames minimal - Taipei Times
2016-05-05 19:26:24 GMT
"Social pressure deters mothers from using their legal right to pass on their surnames, women’s rights campaigners said yesterday, adding that the number of children taking their mother’s surname remains minimal. “Many mothers who give birth to girls are pressured into having more children, as only boys can carry on the family name, but if girls could pass on their surnames, it would not be absolutely necessary to have a son,” said Kaohsiung Awakening Association president Peng Yen-wen (彭渰雯), a professor of public affairs management at National Sun Yat-sen University. The number of children being given their mother’s surname has increased only marginally over the past few years, Peng said."
"“Because of people’s belief in traditional patrilineality, the assumption is that the father’s surname is better for the child, so you have to present specific evidence to judges to convince them to allow for a surname change,” she said, adding that a change is typically only allowed for divorced mothers with full custody of their children. Divorced mothers are often deterred from applying to change their children’s surname due to possible disputes over alimony, in case the father refuses to pay on the grounds that the child is no longer “like family,” she said."
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