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Legal parenthood

A child can only ever have two legal parents under English law (although additional adults can acquire legal status or rights for a child, e.g. parental responsibility or a child arrangements order).
Legal parenthood for a child denotes:

  • Inheritance rights – giving your child an automatic right of inheritance from you

Media & Commentary

Anything but child’s play: surrogacy and thorny issues of identity, parenthood and status in modern families (Family Law, 29 August 2018)

Birth certificates: a new era? (BioNews, April 2010)

How can we help?

I can provide expert, supportive and accessible legal assistance to include:

  • Advice on acquisition of legal parenthood for a child in the UK, which is especially important if you are undergoing assisted conception and you have complex personal circumstances or want to conceive with a known donor
  • Advice on acquisition of legal parenthood for a child in the UK, which is especially important if you are undergoing assisted conception and you have complex personal circumstances or want to conceive with a known donor
  • Advice and preparation of a donor agreement (to clarify the legal position of you and your known donor)
  • Advice and preparation of a co-parenting agreement (to clarify the legal position of you and your co-parent/s)
  • Advice and representation for you in a parental order application following surrogacy (to confer legal parenthood on intended parents and extinguish the legal status of surrogate parents)
  • Advice and representation for  you in a private adoption application (eg if you are a step-parent or a non birth lesbian mother)
  • Advice and representation for you if there is a dispute surrounding the legal parentage and responsibility for your child

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

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

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