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Sunday, April 11, 2010

What’s in a Name?

An Australian court recently denied a mother’s request to prohibit her child and ex-husband from using a variation of “mother” to address the child’s new stepmother.

From BBC News:

An Australian court has rejected a mother's request to ban the use of the term "mummy D" to refer to her daughter's step-mother.

The woman separated from the father before their daughter turned one, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

She had told the Family Court that encouraging the daughter to use the term was "an incendiary action".

But the judge said it was impractical to stop the father from encouraging the child and step-mother to use the term.

The father had already agreed to use the initial of the step-mother, D, and not encourage the use of mum or mummy, the newspaper reported.

Justice Christine Dawe said that the use of the expression by the stepmother "would [not] undermine the mother's relationship with the child".

Read the rest here.


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Bringing a new step parent into the picture does cause issues.

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