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

Financial implications of surrogacy in the UK

Surrogacy is increasingly becoming an option for starting a family for people who are unable to conceive a child themselves, but what are the financial implications of surrogacy in the UK? When the intended parents apply for a parental order as a result of a surrogacy arrangement, the family court must be satisfied that no

Using a known sperm donor – your legal rights

What are the legal implications of using a known sperm donor? More and more women are using sperm donors to get pregnant, often because they are in a same sex relationship or are single but feel ready to have a child.  Anyone considering this route needs to be aware of two decisions which can have

Single parent surrogacy

The government has finally sent a draft remedial order to Parliament to change the law on surrogacy to enable single parents to be able to obtain legal recognition for their families in the same way as couples can currently do. As the law stands at the moment it is not open to the court to

Surrogacy and family law (part two)

What is a parental order? Following the birth of a child born to a surrogate mother, the usual course of action is for the intended parents to apply for a parental order (sometimes called a ‘parenting order’). A parental order is a set of legal orders made by the court about parenting arrangements for a

Surrogacy and family law (Part one)

What is surrogacy? Surrogacy is the practice whereby a woman carries a child for someone else with the intention that the child should be handed over at birth to the intended parent/s and raised as their child. Surrogacy is legal in the UK, however it is an offence in the UK to carry out commercial