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Using a surrogate mother – do you both need legal advice?
Yes! With surrogacy in the UK becoming an increasingly mainstream way to build a family and more clinics than ever before treating surrogates and...
Parental orders after surrogacy for single parents
If you are a single parent through surrogacy or considering pursuing this route, you may be wondering whether a parental order is available, or in...
Commercial surrogacy vs altruistic surrogacy – what is the difference?
Commercial surrogacy is widely thought of as the preserve of the rich and famous. But what makes a surrogacy arrangement commercial rather than...
Which countries allow surrogacy? A guide to surrogacy options globally for UK parents
When considering surrogacy, one of the first questions you may stumble on is where to pursue an arrangement. Online search engines provide a...
Adoption vs Surrogacy – what do they entail?
There are now many options outside traditional family-building for those who need or wish to pursue another route.
Wills & surrogacy – how do they fit together?
It is widely acknowledged that Wills are one of the most important documents to arrange during your lifetime. They formally record your post-death...
National Fertility Awareness week 2017
This week marks annual fertility awareness week in the UK. It aims to change perceptions of fertility issues, raise funds to support the 1 in 6...
Co-parenting by choice – what is it and what do you need to consider?
When faced with the term ‘co-parenting’ many people, understandably, think of divorced or separated parents who are sharing the care of their...
Surrogacy - keeping it in the family
As surrogacy continues to grow into a mainstream pathway to parenthood, more intended parents are looking to family members or close friends to...
Is surrogacy legal in the UK?
One of the biggest surrogacy myths is that it is illegal in the UK to pay a surrogate mother. However, surrogacy has been a viable family-building...
Do you need a donor agreement?
If you are hoping to enter into a donor arrangement, either with someone you know well or someone you have met solely to conceive a child,...
Desperately seeking surrogacy
Safe and tested surrogacy destinations are becoming fewer and the associated costs as diverse as their geographical proximity.
What rights does a surrogate mother have?
If you are considering pursuing a surrogacy arrangement, either in the UK or overseas, one of your first concerns is likely to be what legal...
All I want for Christmas is… a family?
As the festive season surrounds us, it is an opportune time to step back and reflect not only on the last year but also on our hopes for the...
National Fertility Awareness Week 2016
31 October – 6 November marks the UK’s annual fertility awareness week, which seeks to promote awareness of the 1 in 6 couples who struggle to...
Can my step-dad adopt me? A guide to step-parent adoption
Thousands of children and young people in the UK are raised by an adult who is not their biological parent. In some circumstances, this may be the...
Is it ever too late to apply for a parental order?
If you pursue surrogacy, whether in the UK or abroad, it is vital that you obtain a parental order. This is the bespoke legal ‘solution’ for...
Bringing home baby - how long does it take to travel home with your child after surrogacy overseas?
If you are considering pursuing an international surrogacy arrangement, one of the first questions on your mind is likely to be how long it will...
Is surrogacy possible for single people?
For many years there has been understandable confusion surrounding whether single prospective parents can pursue surrogacy in order to create...
How to get a parental order in the UK
A parental order is the bespoke legal remedy for families who have pursued surrogacy in order to have a child. Due to our outdated laws in the UK,...
What is UK law on surrogacy?
If you’re expecting a baby with the help of a surrogate based abroad you may be wondering what impact English law has on your arrangement and if...
National LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, 7-13 March 2016
This week marks the national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Adoption and Fostering Week, raising awareness in the LGBT community that...
Maternity and paternity rights after surrogacy
For many years, those who had a child through surrogacy were not afforded the same entitlement to paid time off work as those who had children...
Sperm donation – the risks and benefits
For thousands of prospective parents every year, conceiving with donor sperm is a very real prospect. As one of the oldest alternative family...
National fertility awareness week, 2-8 November 2015
This week marks National fertility awareness week, highlighting the one in six couples who suffer with infertility in their quest to have a family.
Surrogacy options for gay couples – which destinations are open and what you need to do
Due to the lack of global surrogacy regulation, destinations offering surrogacy services come and go. Thailand, for example, was a popular...
How to bring your child back to the UK after an international surrogacy arrangement
If you are expecting a child with the help of a surrogate overseas, your first concern, once your baby has been discharged from hospital, will be...
Using a donor to conceive with your same sex partner – who are the parents and what can you do to protect yourselves?
There are now many options for starting a family within a same sex relationship. A popular choice for many lesbian couples is to conceive with a...
What are the legal issues surrounding donor sperm?
News hit the press last week of the national sperm bank’s first birthday. Amongst reports was the revelation that the bank had only recruited nine...
3.5 million people in the UK affected by infertility
The NHS has widely publicised statistics that show 1 in 7 couples suffer from some degree of infertility in their lives. As such a widespread...
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