Making the decision to have a child is a huge moment in your life. It can be emotional and challenging when there are difficulties in conceiving or carrying a child and the legal implications of assisted family formation can be complex, both around the child’s birth and during it’s life.
How We Can Help
We can help you with:
- Legal advice on surrogacy planning
- Obtaining parental orders (or alternatives)
- Surrogacy or co-parenting disputes
We can advise you on all the legal implications for the intended parents, surrogates or donors. You will need advice on the legal processes involved, who will have legal parentage at the different stages and how to acquire full parental rights for your child, if you are the intended parent(s).
Where there is an international element, either because the surrogate or donor is abroad, or you are a foreign national, you need to consider how to bring the child to the UK without delay, and what your rights as an intended parent are.
We can help you obtain the relevant orders in the UK to secure your legal status as the child’s parents. We can also help with arrangements for children who have been conceived by assisted reproduction where there is a dispute about their care or who they spend their time with.
You may also need advice on your employment rights or changing your Will as a result of surrogacy arrangements and we work with the specialists across the firm to provide this assistance.
For further information on surrogacy and assisted reproduction and to find out how we can help you, please contact our Family Law Team on 0203 892 6800 or or fill in our Online Enquiry Form.