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Legal Parentage

Legal parentage can raise complex legal issues and difficulties for parents, children, donors, surrogates and modern families under English law, including:

  • Lack of legal parenthood for a child (e.g. non birth parents, problems with HFEA consent forms, international conflicts of law).
  • Legal parentage dispute (e.g. with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner, step-parent).
  • Legal parentage in blended family cases (e.g. issues around a new partner acquiring legal parenthood or status for an existing child).

We provide bespoke legal solutions. Our preeminent legal expertise  delivers innovative and cutting-edge results.  We work closely with you recognising every situation is unique.

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

 enquiries@louisaghevaertassociates.co.uk

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

How we can help

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

Package One

Legal parentage and UK fertility treatment for people with complex personal situations and legal issues - legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on legal parentage for people undertaking fertility treatment at a UK fertility clinic with complex personal situations and issues.

Package Three

Legal parentage dispute – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice on family and fertility law in the UK in the event of a legal parentage dispute with a known donor, co-parent, surrogate, former partner, step-parent or other adult).

Package Five

Parental order for intended parent/s undertaking overseas surrogacy – legal review

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

Package Seven

Legal parentage for lesbian couples undertaking donor conception and fertility treatment overseas – legal review (not civil partners/not married)

This provides initial expert legal advice to support lesbian couples (who are not married and not civil partners) undertaking overseas fertility treatment and donor conception.

Package Nine

Legal parentage for single woman undertaking assisted conception with a known donor – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice to support single woman conceiving artificially with a known donor by private arrangement, at a UK fertility clinic or overseas.

Package Eleven

Legal parentage for lesbian couples undertaking donor conception by private arrangement – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice to support lesbian couples (married, civil partners or cohabiting) undertaking donor conception by private arrangement.

Package Two

Legal parentage following UK fertility treatment where HFEA consent forms were not completed, lost, contained errors – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice to support people who need to rectify and secure legal parentage for a non-birth parent after fertility treatment at a UK clinic

Package Four

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

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

Package Six

Adoption order – legal review

This provides expert English legal advice on adoption law for prospective parents, step-parents, family members and others looking to privately adopt a child.

Package Eight

Legal parentage for unmarried heterosexual couples undertaking sperm donation and fertility treatment overseas – legal review

This provides initial expert legal advice to support unmarried heterosexual couples conceiving with donor sperm overseas.

Package Ten

Legal parentage for co-parents conceiving artificially with competing or conflicting status or wishes – complex legal review

This provides expert legal advice for co-parents seeking to understand, manage and secure legal parenthood for a prospective child (including cases involving more than 2 adults, civil partnered and married couples).

Package Twelve

Legal parentage and status for a new partner in a blended family – legal review

This provides expert legal advice for blended families seeking to explore and confer legal parentage and status upon a new partner or step-parent for an existing child.

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We also provide further and ongoing tailored legal advice, assistance and representation in legal proceedings in the English Family Court for:

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