Surrogacy: BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Archers’ storyline highlights legal issues for parents – Family Law

Posted October 4th, 2019 in birth certificates, change of name, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Rachel Cooper, barrister, Coram Chambers, discusses current UK surrogacy legislation in relation to modern reproductive practices.’

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Family Law, 3rd October 2019

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Surrogacy and HFEA update: Summer 2019 – Part 2 – Family Law Week

Posted August 14th, 2019 in news, surrogacy by michael

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent policy developments relating to surrogacy.’

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Family Law Week, 13th August 2019

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Surrogacy and HFEA update: Summer 2019 – Part 1 – Family Law Week

Posted August 14th, 2019 in news, surrogacy by michael

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent cases relating to surrogacy and HFEA.’

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Family Law Week, 13th August 2019

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Lady Hale speaks on the evolution of the concepts of marriage and family – Family Law

Posted July 15th, 2019 in families, marriage, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, has given a speech at the International Centre for Family Law, Policy and Practice on the subject of ‘What is a 21st Century Family?’. In her speech, given on 1 July but published yesterday by the Supreme Court, Lady Hale considers the evolution of the concept and history of the institution of marriage and the changes to the role of the family.’

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Family Law, 10th July 2019

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Surrogacy reforms to improve the law for all – Law Commission

‘The laws around surrogacy are outdated and should be improved to better support the child, surrogates and intended parents, the Law Commission of England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission have announced today (06 June 2019).’

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Law Commission, 6th June 2019

Source: www.lawcommission.gov.uk

Surrogacy and legal parentage: let intentionality prevail: Part 2 – Family Law

Posted May 29th, 2019 in news, surrogacy by tracey

‘In the first part of this article, it was established that surrogacy law in England and Wales is in need of reform in a number of areas. Arguably, the most fundamental flaw of the current law is the fact that unlike its counterpart in Californian law, English law fails to allow the intentions of the intended parents and surrogates to shape the course of their surrogacy journey. A question then remains to be asked for the second part of this series – if intentionality is important to the functioning of surrogacy law, how can English law be reformed in order to allow intentionality to prevail?’

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Family Law, 29th May 2019

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Surrogacy and HFEA update: February 2019 – Family Law

‘Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent developments relating to surrogacy law, including new guidance, as well as recent cases.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

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Part 1 – Surrogacy and legal parentage: let intentionality prevail – Family Law

‘In this new 2-part series, Mavis Amonoo-Acquah, a barrister at Lamb Building Chambers, discusses issues surrounding Surrogacy Law, Legal Parentage and proposed reform, in light of Californian Law precedents.’

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Family Law, 1st March 2019

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Opinion – My womb is my bond: Why every surrogacy arrangement should incorporate a contract – Family Law

Posted February 11th, 2019 in children, contracts, families, human rights, news, parental rights, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘Researcher Rachel Cooper, who recently completed an MA in medical law at King’s College London, argues that every surrogacy arrangement should incorporate a contract.’

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Family Law, 11th February 2019

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Remedial order permitting single applicants to apply for parental orders now in force – Family Law

Posted January 21st, 2019 in news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by tracey

‘Olivia Stiles, an associate at Kingsley Napley, looks at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018, which came into force on 3 January and permits single applicants to apply for Parental Orders in respect of their biological children born through surrogacy.’

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Family Law, 21st January 2019

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Woman left infertile after NHS failed to detect cancer for four years awarded £580k to cover surrogacy costs – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2018 in cancer, damages, hospitals, negligence, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘A young woman left infertile because her cervical cancer was not spotted for more than four years has been awarded the costs of having surrogate children in America by the Court of Appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2018

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Lift ban on payments for surrogates, says Sir James Munby – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in expenses, family courts, judges, news, remuneration, surrogacy by tracey

‘A ban on paying surrogate mothers should be lifted, the former head of the family court, has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd December 2018

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Surrogacy and HFEA Update: July 2018 – Family Law Week

Posted July 19th, 2018 in news, parental responsibility, surrogacy by tracey

‘Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers recent important judgments concerning surrogacy and highlights the focus of the Law Commission’s review of the law of surrogacy.’

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Family Law Week, 18th July 2018

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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