Parental Order for a Surrogate Born Child

A parental order is the bespoke legal solution for surrogacy under English law. It confers legal parental status and rights on intended parents for their surrogate born child/ren. It extinguishes the legal status of surrogates and their spouses.

A parental order application is made pursuant to s54 (or s54A) Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.  Subject to eligibility, it is relevant in a number of situations, including:

  • To confer legal status upon intended parent/s following a UK surrogacy arrangement.
  • To confer legal status upon intended parent/s following an international surrogacy arrangement.
  • To regularize legal status for an overseas surrogate born child and his/her intended parents under English law following the family’s relocation to the UK (there being no international harmonisation of surrogacy law).

We have preeminent specialist legal expertise in surrogacy law in the UK.  Our founder, Louisa Ghevaert, has litigated many of the leading and landmark surrogacy cases in the UK for more than the last decade and she continues to shape law and policy in this rapidly evolving area. Our leading status at the forefront of the law delivers ground-breaking and innovative legal solutions.

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Our legal services include:

  • Legal packages
  • Bespoke legal advice tailored to your situation, needs and wishes
  • Preparation of legal documentation
  • Legal support and representation in court proceedings

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Package One

Parental order for intended parent/s undertaking surrogacy - legal review

This provides expert English surrogacy law advice to intended parent/s or surrogate/s undertaking a surrogacy arrangement.

If you require legal assistance or wish to discuss your situation contact us

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