Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly popular choice for people hoping to have a baby, with figures from Cafcass showing that the numbers of babies born through surrogacy in the UK have risen to 167 from 47 in 2007. It is an option that's more widely available and accessible than ever.
Having a baby of your own is an exciting time, especially if you've experienced years of problems struggling to conceive, but for many, this joy is clouded by insecurity and concerns over your legal rights.
How Does Surrogacy Work?
Surrogacy is when a woman agrees to bear a child on behalf of another couple, and to give them the baby at birth. Many people are in the dark as to the legal rights afforded to both the surrogate mother and the intended parents, and are shocked when they realise how few rights they really have, and what they need to do to acquire rights.
How Can We Help?
- Getting Prepared - Many mistakenly believe that signed surrogacy arrangements are legally enforceable, but this is not the case. We can provide advice to help you fully understand your legal rights, and how you can obtain legal parenthood further on down the line.
- Obtaining Legal Parenthood - To have any legal rights and responsibilities over the child, you will need to get a Parental Order and go to court to get parental responsibility. There are limits on who can apply for this, and you must apply for it within 6 months of the baby's birth.
- Advice and Representation - Disputes between the surrogate and the commissioning parents are rare, but if they do occur, you may wish to seek legal representation.
- Other Options - If you miss the 6 month deadline, we can advise you on what other options are available to get legal rights, as you may need to go down the route of adoption.
- Immigration Status - Surrogacy agreements can be enforced in certain other countries, which means many choose surrogates from outside the UK. You may need legal help with the immigration status of your new child.
Why Choose Us?
Surrogacy laws are complex and can be difficult to handle by yourself, this is why it's so important to get some help, and to choose a team that have the right experience. Our specialist surrogacy solicitors are experts in handling cases of this nature, and they believe that it is vital to get advice as early on as possible.
Getting in touch with a specialist surrogacy solicitor can make sure you get all the support and help you need to make sure the process runs smoothly. We'll make sure you fully understand everything, so that you don't need to deal with any unnecessary stress.
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