Fertility & Surrogacy Solicitors

Becoming a parent is the most important thing to you, we treat it that way too

Our fertility and surrogacy lawyers help you to understand your options

The momentous decision to start or grow a family is more intricate and emotional for intended parents who can’t do so naturally. Alternative fertility options and surrogacy can bring your wishes to life – but must be handled with care our experts are here to guide you through the legal complexities of fertility law.

Considering your options can be extremely daunting, not least in terms of the changes that will be made to your life, but also the legalities surrounding your rights and responsibility as a new parent.

We’re one of only a handful of law firms with the skilled experience to support you in growing your family – through a variety of options – at each and every stage of yours and your family’s development.

Whatever stage you are at, our legal experts can help you in your journey – contact us by using the button below or call us on 0330 024 0333.

Wherever you are on your journey, our legal advisors can help. Call us today on 0330 024 0333 or use the button below to complete our contact form.

Our Fertility & Surrogacy Team

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How Our Fertility & Surrogacy Experts Can Help

Providing Complex Legal Advice

The laws on surrogacy are extremely complex and taking advice early will help you understand what the legal requirements are and how you can best prepare for using a surrogate.

Child Custody

If you already have a child through surrogacy, checking that you have the necessary legal arrangements is crucial. We’re here for you should any difficulties arise such as a relationship breakdown with your surrogate or partner.

LGBTQ+ Families

We support individuals, heterosexual and same-sex couples who are considering or have chosen to have a child using a surrogate. We assist with the process, documentation and the transfer of legal rights by virtue of parental orders.

Why Choose Us?

Our fertility and surrogacy lawyers have extensive experience in handling the intricacies of fertility law, particularly in relation to getting parental orders.
We bring a personal approach to all of our work, providing sensitive and compassionate advice.
Having helped many aspiring parents with fertility cases in the past, we are confident that our team will achieve the right results for you and your family.

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Fertility & Surrogacy Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a child using a surrogate, you or you and your partner will not be the child’s legal parents until you have acquired full parental rights through a parental order. An important document in surrogacy law, this will end the surrogate mother’s parentage and transfer all rights and responsibilities for your child to you or you and your partner.

We will talk you through the main steps involved, such as the court hearing and your supporting statements, and prepare the documentation that you will need.

Although it is perfectly legal to enter into an assisted reproduction or surrogacy arrangement in the UK, it is a criminal offence to advertise that you are looking for a surrogate, or to pay a third party to find a surrogate for you. The UK law on fertility and surrogacy is hugely complex, so it’s important to seek legal advice from the very beginning of your journey to ensure you understand what the legal requirements are and how you can best prepare.

Fertility lawyers work to protect the parental rights of intended parents when they opt to start a family through fertility treatments or surrogacy, whether this is through providing legal advice on the complex laws surrounding surrogacy, or supporting you with child custody and ensuring parental responsibility if you’ve already had a child using this process. Whatever stage you are at, our legal experts can help you in your journey – speak to a member of our specialist team today.

Although the intended parents and surrogate can record how they would like an arrangement to work in a surrogacy agreement, surrogacy contracts/agreements are not enforceable by UK law – even if the document with your surrogate and have paid their expenses.

If you have a child using a surrogate, the only way to ensure that you (or you and your partner) will be the child’s legal parents is by acquiring full parental rights through a parental order.

A surrogate will be the child’s legal parent at birth and will continue to be the legal parent of the child until a parental order is obtained. This means that, until a parental order is granted, the surrogate can decide to keep the baby. Although this is usually rare, our team of fertility and surrogacy lawyers can support you and advise you on the options available.

How The Fertility & Surrogacy Process Works

Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging Fertility & Surrogacy solicitors works, so we’ve provided an overview below to give you some peace of mind
  1. The first stage is to get in touch with us using the button below – you will then be assigned to one of our Fertility & Surrogacy specialists. Alternatively, you can reach us on 0330 024 0333.

  2. You’ll then receive a free 15-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss the issues you’re facing.

  3. You are then provided with a transparent breakdown of our costs and, if you would like to proceed, we send you a pack of onboarding documents

  4. Following this, we will guide and support you through the process of achieving a resolution that works for you and your family.

Our Other Child Law Services

LGBTQ+ Solicitors

As part of our ongoing commitment to increasing access to legal services for all, we have developed a focus in answer to requests from the LGBTQ+ community for advice to be provided in an approachable, empathetic and non-judgemental way by lawyers that truly understand the issues they may face particularly concerning their personal matters.

Children

Parenting through a separation is never easy. Our team of experts are on hand to guide you through the process of making child arrangement orders, always ensuring the long-term interests of your children remain at the heart of every child custody decision.

Wherever you are on your journey, our Fertility & Surrogacy specialists are here to answer any questions you might have

If you’d like to speak to a member of our team, please fill out the enquiry form. We will aim to reply to your query within 2 hours

Need to talk to someone sooner? You can call use at the number below

Call Us: 0330 024 0333

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