International Adoption & Surrogacy

11 December 2019

Brexit and family law – what will happen to divorce, financial proceedings, prenups and cases involving children?

At the time of writing, the UK is on the cusp of a General Election where Brexit is high on the agenda.  In this blog, Stacey Nevin considers a number of scenarios and the changes that people who have connections with England and another EU member state might encounter for divorces, financial proceedings and matters concerning children in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Stacey Nevin

1 November 2019

National Fertility Awareness Week – facing fertility issues and the strains it can place on relationships

This week is National Fertility Awareness Week. Culminating with World Fertility Day on 2 November 2019, Fertility Network UK’s focus throughout the week includes: the impact of infertility on your mental health; infertility in the workplace; men and infertility; and fertility education. A huge number of important issues are raised, and stories shared, which helps us to see that infertility touches the lives of many people in many ways. In this blog, Connie Atkinson shares her personal experience of dealing with fertility issues and how she as a family and divorce lawyer witness the strain it can place on relationships.

Connie Atkinson

19 June 2019

International surrogacy – deadline approaching for single applicants to apply for a parental order

In January, we blogged about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 (the “Remedial Order”), which came into force then and permitted single applicants to apply for a parental order for the first time in the UK. As with the original Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, the Remedial Order provides that intended parents will have six months from the birth of their surrogate child in which to make their application for a parental order. In this blog, Connie Atkinson looks at what single applicants have to do by 2 July 2019.

Connie Atkinson

7 January 2019

A positive start to the New Year: Remedial Order permitting single applicants to apply for Parental Orders now in force

As the world woke groggily from their festive slumber and thought tentatively about returning to work on Thursday 3rd January, an important and transformative step was being taken as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Remedial) Order 2018 (the “Remedial Order”) was finally brought into force permitting single applicants to apply for Parental Orders in respect of their biological children born through surrogacy.

Olivia Stiles

8 November 2018

Pressing pause on parenthood – when relationship breakdown affects consent to storage and use of embryos

Our first ‘pressing pause on parenthood’ blog discussed the reported increase in women looking at preserving their fertility using methods such as egg freezing.  As part of our blog series looking at fertility and alternative ways of conceiving, we highlight below some further key issues which we encourage prospective parents to discuss with their clinic and families before making hugely important decisions about having a family.

Connie Atkinson

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