‘A parental order is the UK legal solution for surrogacy; it is a post-birth court order which makes the intended parents the legal parents of their child and permanently extinguishes the status of the surrogate and her spouse. Parents through surrogacy who want to be the legal parents of their child in the UK need one, wherever they live and whether their child is born in the UK or overseas.’
Family Law, 22nd May 2018
”The legal position for a stepfather in relation to his stepchild can be fundamentally altered through an adoption order. This will extinguish parental responsibility held by everyone other than the stepfather’s partner. The stepfather will obtain parental responsibility and will be treated in law as if he were the child’s birth parent (s 67(1) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002)).
Family Law, 15th February 2018
‘The Court of Appeal decision in Re H (Surrogacy Breakdown)  EWCA 1798 (Civ) this week has confirmed that the ordinarily principles of children’s law, and the fundamental question of: What is in the best interests of the child? apply in relation to surrogacy in the ordinary way. There are no special rules or considerations which apply in the case of surrogacy disputes.’
Park Square Barristers, 24th November 2017
‘The case concerned two couples A and B, male same-sex partners, and C and D, a heterosexual married couple. C and D had 5 children of their own. C, having been a gestational surrogate on two previous occasions, entered into a surrogacy agreement with A and B. C became pregnancy with H following embryo transfer. (using embryos created from A and B’s sperm and a donor egg from a Spanish egg donor which resulted in C’s pregnancy with H. A DNA test later confirmed A’s paternity.)’
Transparency Project, 30th November 2017
‘The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) is running a pilot scheme to bring an end to separated parents poisoning their child against the other parent. Parents who are guilty of manipulating their child in this way may have their child taken away from them and, in the most extreme cases, they may be denied contact.’
Family Law, 27th November 2017
‘In the case of Re B (Foreign Surrogacy)  EWFC 77, High Court judge Mrs Justice Theis made a parental order in respect of a child born following a surrogacy arrangement in India in 2010 – six years after the usual six month deadline, and notwithstanding that the parents had previously decided against applying.’
Family Law, 18th October 2017
‘‘I know my rights’ – With that statement a family lawyer will naturally turn to s 2A of the Children Act 1989 and the presumption of parental involvement.
‘Parents do not have rights, they have responsibilities’ – Arguably one is now considering the court’s overriding objective and paramount consideration as set out in s 1 of the Children Act 1989 which highlights the welfare of any child.’
Family Law, 5th October 2017