[quote=“LordBritish”]My Taiwanese wife and I (nearly divorced) have agreed to split custody of our three kids as she wants to keep one. But, she said that if there are some advantages (as far as future citizenship, or something I can’t think of) to all three being in my custody, then she will hand over all three. Dual citizenship is not affected by custody, and I can’t think of any other possible advantages off hand.
Does anyone know of any?
Also, the changing of surnames. My Taiwanese friend who does a lot of counselling etc, said that usually (for Taiwanese husbands anyway) the surnames of the kids that I gain custody of would be changed over to my surname. My wife is adamantly against this as my Chinese surname is not my “real” surname. Does anybody know anything about this?
Gaining custody does not mean the kids have to change their Chinese familu name to match yours. My son has always used his mothers family surname even though I have a Chinese name. To change a name an application process has to be gone through. As your kids probably just use your English Surname there is no harm in letting them keep their current Chinese names. So my son has my Surname on his English documentation and his Chinese name using his mothers surname on Chinese documents. Divorce being stressful enough I’d just let the name thing be and agree with your wife not to change the chinese names of your kids. After all they are always going to be your kids
My Ex wife was happy that our son used her family name. it makes no difference to us in reality.