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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Mother acted as surrogate for adult son’s child

March 4, 2015 0 comments

family life

The Family Court has approved the adoption of a child who was carried by his father’s mother as a surrogate. In Re B v C (Surrogacy: Adoption), the child in question had lived with his father since birth. The judge noted that all reports indicated that the father, identified as ‘B’ in the judgment, had…

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Report reveals Australian surrogacy couples with no genetic link

October 16, 2014 0 comments

fertility

A report into commercial surrogacy in Australia has highlighted a number of cases in which commissioning couples discover they have no genetic link to the children. The report, by the Attorney-General’s Department, details a number of instances in which children were commissioned from Indian surrogacy clinics. In one, twin girls were supposed to have been…

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Mexican surrogacy agencies circumvent payment law

September 27, 2014 0 comments

Mexico

Surrogacy agencies in Mexico are finding ways to pay their clients despite laws against the practice, a new report suggests. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Mexico, just as it is in the UK. This means that a woman who chooses to carry another couple’s child to term cannot accept payment for her services except to…

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International Surrogacy: A Guide by Joanna Kay

September 19, 2014 0 comments

family law

Babies Gammy and Pipah, the twins born under a surrogacy arrangement, are back in the news today. The commissioning couple took Pipah to live with them in Australia and left Gammy, who has health issues, with the surrogate mother who is based in Thailand. The surrogate mother has now said that she hopes to travel…

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Surrogacy in the UK

August 21, 2014 0 comments

The surrogacy system in the UK may not be sustainable, according to a BBC documentary which will be broadcast tonight. The Report: Surrogacy will examine the current state of surrogacy in the country. Surrogacy is a highly emotive and complex subject. Couples who cannot have children often turn to surrogacy in the hopes of becoming…

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