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Domicile and Surrogacy – What you need to know?

and Richard Jones Why is domicile important? According to UK law when a child is born via surrogacy the surrogate who gives birth to the child is recognised as the child’s legal mother.  If the surrogate is married, the surrogate’s husband is the child’s legal father.  The intended parents must apply for a parental order

Family Law Partners to host Law Commission Event

Family Law Partners are delighted to announce we will be hosting The Law Commission of England and Wales consultation event on their recent consultation paper Building families through surrogacy: a new law, on the 22nd July. This consultation paper has been jointly published with the Scottish Law Commission. This event will provide you with an

Can the Law Commissions proposals make surrogacy work for everyone?

In August 2018 Professor Nick Hopkins, Commissioner, and Leonie James, Research Assistant, from the Law Commission for England and Wales explained why a public consultation on surrogacy law is needed.  The Consolation Paper is now out, but what are the key issues and the provisional proposals made? Please note that in this blog we are

Making the law of surrogacy work for everyone

For National Surrogacy Week 2018 we invited Professor Nick Hopkins, Commissioner, and Leonie James, Research Assistant, Law Commission for England and Wales, to contribute the following piece: Becoming a parent is the greatest day in many people’s lives. But for whatever reason, sometimes surrogacy can be the only way for people to have children of

International surrogacy – what you need to know

There is little doubt that surrogacy is on the rise and is increasingly becoming an option for parents who are unable to conceive naturally.  For many reasons, parents are now seeking professional surrogacy services abroad. International surrogacy is however, a complex area. Unfortunately, there is no international law governing surrogacy and the laws vary widely

Surrogacy – Criteria for Making a Parental Order

Under UK Law, the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child and, if she is married or has entered into a civil partnership, then her spouse or civil partner will be regarded as the second legal parent of the child (unless it can be proved that he / she didn’t consent to the

Surrogacy case-study – a real life family shares their experience

Ross Gibson is a former British gymnast, born and raised in Blackpool. Since 2004 he has been performing as the principle character ‘Red Bird’ in Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show Mystère. He is married to Ben, a champion synchronised swimmer from France who is also a performer in the Las Vegas show ‘Le Reve’.

Myths of surrogacy

In support of National Surrogacy Week, its aim being to celebrate and raise awareness of surrogacy in the UK, this blog post has been written to try and demystify some of the common misunderstandings around surrogacy in the UK. Myth: “Surrogacy is illegal in the UK.” Surrogacy is legal in the UK; however, it is

UK Surrogacy Law – why reform is needed

As part of National Surrogacy Week 2018, Gemma Vines explores the impact of a recent case and why changes are needed to the law surrounding surrogacy in the UK. The recent case of AB v CD [2018] EWHC 1590, where the Court was again prevented from granting the biological parents of twin children a Parental