International Adoption & Surrogacy

26 January 2017

Surrogacy and separation – when relationships break down during the surrogacy journey

Starting a family can be a wonderful and emotional time for any family, but when parents have experienced fertility issues and their journey to parenthood has been longer and more difficult, this can leave people feeling sensitive and fragile. Many couples are turning to surrogacy to create their family and in some cases this follows years of trying to become pregnant.  The decision to embark on surrogacy is a huge and important one and the surrogacy journey itself can also be stressful.  Parents feel hopeful and anxious at many points, from starting a relationship with the surrogate to when embryos are created and transferred, when pregnancy tests are undertaken and when it comes to the birth and getting used to being parents.  Having children brings fundamental changes to family life, which can at times put a strain on the relationship.

Connie Atkinson

26 January 2017

International surrogacy developments another year on – are we any closer to reform?

Another year has passed since our blog on the fast developing world of surrogacy.  While overall the progress for reform in this area is slow, 2016 saw a number of developments which are highlighted below.  Despite numerous discussions aimed at modernising and harmonising the surrogacy field, the situation is sadly still slow and complicated for parents trying to start a family via surrogacy. Parents must make sure that they have gathered information on both family and immigration law implications before navigating the potential minefield of starting a family using surrogacy.

Colleen Hall (née Nwaodor)

13 December 2016

Regulating Relations – parenthood through assisted reproduction in Australia and abroad

Whilst travelling in Sydney, I met Isabel Karpin and Michaela Stockey-Bridge of the University of Technology Sydney who, through Regulating Relations, are conducting the largest Australian research project of its kind: "Forming Families Inside and Outside of the Law". 

Connie Atkinson

12 August 2016

The case of Re Z: the pitfalls of informal surrogacy arrangements and the importance of transparency and trust

A recent case before the court provides a timely reminder of the pitfalls and difficulties which can arise as a result of informal surrogacy arrangements.
The case of Re Z [2016] EWFC 34 involved a baby boy (Z) born as a result of an informal surrogacy arrangement. The commissioning parents, a male same sex couple made contact with the eventual surrogate, X, via a Facebook forum. The commissioning parents and potential surrogate met only once and it was at this meeting that they presented X with a typed commercial surrogacy agreement they had found on the internet.

Olivia Stiles

20 June 2016

UK surrogacy law - are we finally on the road to reform?

Surrogacy lawyers were all waiting with baited breath for the decision in the recent Re Z (A child) 2016 EWHC 1191. In this case, a single father made an application for a declaration that the refusal to grant him a parental order was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights/the Human Rights Act.

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