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

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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

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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

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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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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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Embryos ‘deprived of inheritance’ by not being born

December 8, 2016 2 comments

family law

Two frozen embryos have been deprived of their inheritance by not being born, an unusual lawsuit claims. Actress Sofia Vergara faces a legal battle in the southern state of Louisiana which was initiated on behalf of her embryos. The Modern Family star and her then-fiancé had them frozen back in 2013 for the purpose of…

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