‘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

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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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Surrogate baby remains in legal limbo

September 5, 2017 1 comment

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The parental status of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother must remain unresolved because his biological mother has separated from his father,  the High Court has ruled. The baby, ‘A’, was born in the UK earlier this year via a ‘gestational surrogacy arrangement’ –i.e. an agreement in which an embryo is created from…

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German parents granted parental order in English courts

January 17, 2017 1 comment

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A German couple has been granted a parental order in the English courts after they commissioned two children from an American surrogacy clinic. In AB (Surrogacy; Domicile), the children were referred to as ‘E’ and ‘F’. They were born in 2015 to a surrogate mother in Minnesota. Contact with her was brokered by the surrogacy…

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Surrogacy and the calls for reform

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November 1, 2016 4 comments

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I have written here many times of how the law reflects society, and must respond to changes in society. That is why the great divorce reforms of the 1960s happened, the law catching up with the reality of how people were living their lives and how they wanted to live their lives. Sometimes, of course,…

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Couple made legal parents after decade-plus delay

August 5, 2016 0 comments

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The Family Court has named a British couple the legal parents of three children born via surrogacy agreements over ten years ago. All three children were born to the same surrogate in the United States, the first in 2002 and the younger two, a pair of twins, in 2004. Their parents obtained all the necessary…

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