Surrogacy and parental orders for single parents – the ‘non-urgent’ road to change – Family Law

‘Since May 2016, prospective single applicants for parental orders for surrogate children have waited with bated breath for the change in the law that permits them to make their applications, independent of their relationship status. At the end of last year, it was announced that a remedial order to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (HFEA 2008) had been placed before Parliament. However, five months have now passed and the question remains whether we are any closer to change.’

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Family Law, 31st May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Domicile – what does it mean and why is it important if you are having a baby through surrogacy? – Family Law

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in domicile, news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by tracey

‘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.’

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Family Law, 22nd May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Travelling home with your baby after surrogacy abroad – the options – Family Law

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, citizenship, immigration, news, passports, surrogacy by tracey

‘Your most pressing concern if you have a baby born through international surrogacy may be how quickly you can get home after he or she is born. This is often the first question we get asked when advising parents planning overseas surrogacy. UK immigration law in surrogacy cases is complex because there is no clear single process which applies to everyone, everywhere. There are number of different possible paths and which is the best one for you will depend on your personal circumstances and the country in which your baby is born.’

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Family Law, 18th May 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Surrogacy laws set for reform as Law Commissions get Government backing – Law Commission

Posted May 4th, 2018 in Law Commission, press releases, surrogacy by tracey

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have started work on a review of the laws around surrogacy after Government funding was agreed.’

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Law Commission, 4th May 2018

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk/

The case of Re X (A Child – foreign surrogacy) – the distracting power of ‘sex’ – but what does it really tell us? – Family Law

Posted April 4th, 2018 in foreign jurisdictions, marriage, news, surrogacy by sally

‘The legal media was quick to jump on the case of Re X (A Child – Foreign Surrogacy) [2018] EWFC 15) to highlight the reference in Sir James Munby’s judgment to the sexual relationship (or rather, the lack of one) in the marriage between the two applicants in this case of a parental order application following a surrogacy arrangement. Very little information as to the parties’, their child’s or their surrogate’s personal circumstances is given in the judgment, although those wishing for details will no doubt have been left reeling for more from the information that was given: the parties are married yet one is gay (the judgment implies that the other is not) and that at least some if not all of their time is spent living in different homes.’

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Family Law, 4th April 2018

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Consummation and the validity of marriage: X (A Child: foreign surrogacy) – Law & Religion UK

Posted March 21st, 2018 in foreign jurisdictions, marriage, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Is consummation necessary to render a marriage valid? “Yes”, assumed non-specialist ignoramuses (like me): “No”, says the President of the Family Division.
In X (A Child: foreign surrogacy) [2018] EWFC 15, Sir James Munby P had been asked to make a parental order in accordance with s.54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, which requires that the applicants “must be … husband and wife”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 19th March 2018

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Surrogacy and HFEA Update (March 2018) – Family Law Week

Posted March 9th, 2018 in assisted reproduction, embryology, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law, including new guidance, as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 8th March 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Surrogacy: Law Practice and Policy in England and Wales – Family Law

Posted January 29th, 2018 in families, human rights, news, surrogacy by sally

‘Since the first UK surrogacy case hit the headlines in 1985 with the birth of Baby Cotton, surrogacy law has been evolving in the UK, and indeed throughout the world. As the pool of adoptable babies continues to shrink, the growth of surrogacy as a means of supporting childless couples to start their families is a trend that is likely to continue.’

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Family Law, 25th January 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The award of damages to enable surrogacy – Family Law

Posted December 21st, 2017 in damages, hospitals, negligence, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Given the nebulous nature of surrogacy law in the UK and the decision in Briody v St Helen’s and Knowsley Area Health Authority [2001] EWCA Civ 1010, [2001] 2 FLR 1094, with its confusing obiter dicta, it is somewhat surprising that the funding of surrogacy for an infertile young woman was included in the heads of damages in the decision in XX v Whittington Hospital Trust [2017] EWHC 2318 (QB).’

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Family Law, 20th December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Anaum Riaz discusses: Re H (Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] EWCA 1798 (Civ); The law doesn’t take a special approach to surrogacy cases – Park Square Barristers

Posted December 8th, 2017 in contact orders, news, parental responsibility, residence orders, surrogacy by sally

‘The Court of Appeal decision in Re H (Surrogacy Breakdown) [2017] 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.’

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Park Square Barristers, 24th November 2017

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Surrogacy arrangement breakdown: surrogate ordered to hand child over to intended parents – Transparency Project

Posted December 4th, 2017 in children, news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by sally

‘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.)’

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Transparency Project, 30th November 2017

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Surrogacy and IVF cases put the courts under pressure, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 29th, 2017 in assisted reproduction, child abduction, family courts, news, surrogacy by sally

‘IVF and surrogacy cases are putting the courts under pressure, a High Court judge has said, as he urged an update to legislation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th November 2017

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Claiming for the costs of a surrogacy arrangement: A new head of loss? – Family Law

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in costs, damages, negligence, news, surrogacy by sally

‘They say that nothing can prepare you for the sheer overwhelming experience of what it means to be a parent. But how would you feel if that opportunity was taken away from you because of the negligent action of someone else? In the recent case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 2318 (QB), XX received £74,000 for the cost of two surrogacies in the UK. This was because XX was unable to bear children as a direct consequence of her delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.’

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Family Law, 21st November 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 20th, 2017 in custody, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘A surrogate mother has lost custody of her child after a court ruled he would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th November 2017

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Surrogacy and HFEA Update (November 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law as well as the latest cases concerning administrative errors and the HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 7th November 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Is it too late to change your mind if you decided against applying for a parental order when your child was born? – Family Law

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, parental responsibility, parental rights, surrogacy, time limits by tracey

‘In the case of Re B (Foreign Surrogacy) [2016] 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.’

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Family Law, 18th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Law Pod UK Ep. 11: The cost of surrogacy – a legitimate claim? – 1 COR

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in costs, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, surrogacy by sally

‘Rosalind English talks to David Prest about a recent High Court ruling on damages: Can someone who has been rendered infertile claim the costs of surrogacy abroad? A hospital admitted negligence in failing to diagnose the claimant’s cervical cancer. The chemotherapy and radiation treatment which followed rendered her infertile, but just before the treatment, her eggs were harvested and frozen. The court was asked to consider whether damages could include the cost of commercial surrogacy, an arrangement which is not legal in this country.’

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Law Pod UK, 29th September 2017

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Are surrogacy costs a legitimate claim? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 2nd, 2017 in costs, damages, expenses, news, surrogacy by sally

‘Commercial surrogacy arrangements are considered to be against public policy in the UK and therefore illegal. Surrogacy in the UK is only legal where there is no intention to make a profit – though reasonable expenses are recoverable. Where legal surrogacy is
carried out the surrogate mother is the legal mother of the child. In this case the claimant had suffered injury due to the hospital’s failure to diagnose her cervical cancer in time. She had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment which, amongst other things, damaged her uterus so she was unable to bear and carry a child. Before the treatment she had her eggs frozen.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st October 2017

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Damages for Surrogacy Costs are Recoverable: A High Court Decision – Zenith PI Blog

Posted September 20th, 2017 in compensation, damages, news, surrogacy by sally

‘In XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust [2017] EWHC 2318 (QB) Sir Robert Nelson considered the difficult issue of damages for surrogacy costs.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 19th September 2017

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I’m an LGBT rights lawyer, and these are some of the strangest cases I’ve had to fight in court – The Independent

Posted July 26th, 2017 in divorce, equality, homosexuality, marriage, news, surrogacy, transsexuals by sally

‘If you are a same sex married couple you cannot get divorced on the grounds of adultery, because ‘adultery’ in UK law still takes a biblical definition meaning a man and a woman. One of my clients couldn’t divorce her husband because he’d been cheating with a man, so it didn’t count as ‘adultery’. Another ran into serious problems with surrogacy.’

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The Independent, 25th July 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk