Surrogacy agreement is enforceable court rules

December 4, 2015 0 comments

United States, family law

A surrogacy agreement signed by a Pennsylvania woman is valid and enforceable, a US court has ruled. The couple located a surrogate mother and signed an agreement with her. The pregnancy would combine the husband’s sperm with a donated egg. They agreed to pay the surrogate was to be paid more than $100,000 for her…

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UK surrogates reject commercialisation

November 23, 2015 0 comments

family life

Most British surrogates would oppose any move to commercialise the practice. Advice group Surrogacy UK surveyed over 400 surrogates, intended parents and others interested in the surrogacy community. They found that an “overwhelming majority” of surrogacy agreements in the country involve women acting “on an altruistic basis”. Most surrogates receive less than £15,000 over the…

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India bans foreign surrogacy

November 6, 2015 1 comment

The Indian government has banned commercial surrogacy for couples from other countries. The Bombay High Court ordered a delay on the ban so that complications can be avoided in ongoing surrogacy agreements, but fertility clinics throughout the country have agreed not to take on any new foreign clients. India legalised commercial surrogacy back in 2002….

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Foreign parents face surrogacy uncertainty in Nepal

October 1, 2015 5 comments

Parents of Nepalese surrogate babies face uncertainty after recent developments left them in a legal no-man’s land. The Supreme Court of Nepal issued an interim order banning commercial surrogacy in August following a petition claiming that surrogacy exploited the bodies of poor women. This was followed by a government ban in September. However, the changes…

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Single surrogate fathers ‘cannot be recognised’

September 7, 2015 0 comments

family life

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has ruled that the High Court cannot recognise surrogate children of single parents. In a recently published judgment, Sir James denied a parental order for the biological child of a British single father. The child, ‘Z’, was born to a surrogate mother in the Midwestern US state…

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New surrogacy law for Thailand

August 1, 2015 0 comments

Thailand’s new law on surrogacy came into force this week. The Protection of Children Born from Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act is designed to protect children born through surrogacy and lays out the legal conditions all those involved in a surrogacy agreement must adhere to. The Act defines Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) as “any medical scientific…

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International matrimonial lawyers discuss surrogacy

May 22, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A multinational family law organisation considered the legal issues surrounding surrogacy at a conference in London this week. The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (IAML), established in 1986, represents family lawyers recognised by their peers for their experience and skill. It currently has more than 690 fellows, including Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe,…

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China cracks down on surrogacy

April 16, 2015 0 comments

China

The Chinese government has announced plans to restrict surrogacy in the country. These measures include close monitoring of medical equipment and drugs commonly used in surrogacy, and the punishment of any doctors or institutions who participate. A government statement on the subject said that “surrogacy upsets the natural order of childbirth” and “severely interferes with…

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Same sex couple granted parental order

March 24, 2015 0 comments

family life

A same sex couple have been made the legal parents of two children born to a surrogate mother. In Re JV, the children were born in the United States before the couple brought them back to the UK. The couple then applied for a parental order in relation to both children. These orders are necessary…

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