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Buschmann wants to reform naming rights: Greens think of "merger" - and promptly reap FDP counter-attacks


Justice Minister Buschmann is planning a reform of naming rights - the Greens have another proposal. It doesn't go down so well with the FDP.

Justice Minister Buschmann is planning a reform of naming rights - the Greens have another proposal.

It doesn't go down so well with the FDP.

Berlin - After Federal Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (FDP) presented his reform plans for naming rights, according to which it should be possible for spouses to bear common double names in the future, the Greens spoke up with an additional proposal.

In principle, they welcome the reform proposal, but consideration should also be given to merging surnames: "I would find a merging of surnames instead of double names with a hyphen a refreshing innovation and therefore very charming," said Helge Limburg, legal policy spokesman for the Greens parliamentary group. the



Merging surnames is already common practice in Great Britain, for example.

If Mr James marries his partner Harrison there, the couple could use the so-called "meshing" to bear the common name Jamison.

An example of German surnames would be "Schmüller" - a mix of Schmidt and Müller.

The legal policy spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, Sonja Eichwede, answered the question of whether she thought this would also make sense in Germany: "We are open to discussing more far-reaching flexibilisation with the experts as part of the hearing."

Merging of surnames: FDP against proposal by the Greens

The FDP, on the other hand, was averse to the idea: "Unlike the possibility of double names, the merging of two surnames is not only completely foreign to our naming rights," said the legal policy spokeswoman Katrin Helling-Plahr.

"There is also no serious desire among the population for such a name combination that deviates from the principles of our naming rights."

Buschmann intends to present his original draft bill for changing the naming rights soon.

The preparatory work is well advanced and the most important questions have been clarified.

So far it has only been possible for the spouse whose name does not become the family name to put his previous name before or after the family name.

According to Buschmann's reform plans, the double name should also be possible for the children.

Reform of naming rights: Buschmann also wants to make it easier for children of divorce and minorities to change names

In the course of this, the Minister of Justice also wants to make it easier to change the name of children after a divorce.

This should make it possible in the future to bring about the change by means of a declaration to the registry office.

A complicated procedure via the public law change of name law would then no longer be necessary.

“Today it is a completely everyday situation for a parent to go back to his pre-marital name after a divorce,” says Buschmann.

Likewise, in such a situation, the child might have an interest in changing their surname.

The current law is not well adjusted to this life situation, he thinks and promises: "The new naming law will bring relief here too."

Traffic light coalition: The Scholz cabinet at a glance

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In addition, naming rights traditions of minorities in Germany are to be simplified.

In the future, members of the Sorbian minority should be able to register gender-adapted family names.

"The diversity of family life has increased in recent decades," Buschmann told the


news agency .

German family law sometimes lags behind.

That is why the traffic light government agreed to further changes in its coalition agreement that affect family life: Changes are also to follow in the right of descent, in child rights and in maintenance law.

On Tuesday (March 21), Buschmann once again underlined the importance of reforming naming rights on Twitter.

It is "overdue" because the previous regulations "do not do justice to the diversity of life plans in our society".

According to


the CDU and the left also support Buschmann's planned new regulation.


Source: merkur

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