High Court considers costs in surrogacy dispute

January 24, 2018 0 comments

surrogacy

The circumstances surrounding an application for costs in a surrogacy dispute must be considered, a Family Court Judge has ruled. The surrogacy arrangement had been made by a former same sex couple. The resulting child, a daughter, was born in the United States and now lives in New York with her biological father, ‘Y’. His…

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‘Reform surrogacy laws’ says four-time surrogate mother

January 19, 2018 0 comments

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A veteran surrogate mother has called for reform of Britain’s aging surrogacy laws. Under the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, surrogate mothers automatically receive the legal status of parents to the children they carry, even if (as in most cases) they have no genetic relationship to them. Despite being no relation, the mother’s partner or spouse…

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High Court unable to rule on parentage of surrogate baby

January 2, 2018 1 comment

surrogacy

A man living in London cannot be declared the legal parent of a toddler born to surrogacy, the High Court has ruled. The case concerned a former same sex couple whose marriage had broken down. While still together they had commissioned a child from a surrogate mother in the United States. The resulting daughter was…

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Law Commission to examine surrogacy law

December 18, 2017 1 comment

The Law Commission is to examine the current law on surrogacy in England and Wales. The Commission was established in 1965 to keep English law under ongoing review and to recommend reform where necessary. It undertakes regular ‘programmes of law reform’ in which the commissioners consult on which areas to examine next, and then submit…

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Surrogate mother loses care of child

November 21, 2017 2 comments

family life

A surrogate mother has lost the right to care for a child she gave birth to. The woman met a gay couple online and entered into a surrogacy agreement with them back in 2015. However, during the pregnancy she and her husband changed their minds about giving up the child, despite neither one of them…

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Surrogate mother jailed for harassment

June 8, 2017 1 comment

prison, children, parents

A surrogate mother who lost a legal battle to keep the child she carried has now been sent to prison for harassing court officials. The 42 year-old woman waged a year-long campaign against the Judge who ruled against her and a court welfare officer who was involved in her case. On one occasion, she attempted…

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Couple ‘devastated’ after surrogate baby DNA shock

May 27, 2017 3 comments

family law

A gay couple in the Netherlands are “devastated” after they had to return a baby girl they thought was their surrogate daughter following a DNA test. Arnout Janssen and Stefano Franke desperately wanted to have children so they sought out a surrogate. Last year they found a woman online who was willing to carry their…

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‘Tinder for pregnancy’ app launched

May 13, 2017 1 comment

family law

A new app has launched in the UK this week which aims to be Tinder for people who want a baby. Just A Baby was created by Australians Paul Ryan and Gerard Edwards to help people find sperm donors, surrogates or even partners. Users will be able to fill out a “biological profile” which will…

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Couple’s children born to two lesbian surrogates

March 10, 2017 1 comment

children, family law

A Portsmouth couple’s two daughters were born to lesbian surrogates just a month apart. Tracy and Pete Akoun met through a dating website in 2013 and married eight months later. Unfortunately their attempts to have children resulted in Mrs Akoun having five miscarriages, so they decided to try surrogacy. They wanted to have two children…

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Italian gay couple named parents

March 1, 2017 2 comments

family law

In a ground-breaking court case, a gay couple in Italy have both been officially named the parents of two surrogate children. This marks the first time that an Italian court has ruled that a child has two fathers. Judges at the Court of Appeal in the northern city of Trento ruled that both men should…

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