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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MPs consult on surrogacy law change

December 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A government committee has launched a consultation on changes to surrogacy laws which would allow single people to become parents. Section 54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 is the applicable legislation. Currently this states that anyone applying for a parental order to transfer the status of parents from the surrogate mother to…

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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 baby remains in legal limbo

September 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

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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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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