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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

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

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