Fertility & Surrogacy Lawyers

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Fertility & Surrogacy Lawyers

Having a child is a wonderful thing but it can also be one of the hardest. Our fertility and surrogacy lawyers help you to understand your options and guide you through the legal complexities of fertility law, including the process of getting a parental order.

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.

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.

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

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.

Legal advice when having a child using a surrogate

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 break down with your surrogate or partner.

Getting a parental order

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.

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Your journey through the legal process

We've guided thousands of families through the legal complexities of fertility law, including the process of getting a parental order, there is very little we haven’t seen and already dealt with.

Not everyone is aware of how the process of engaging fertility and surrogacy lawyers 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 button below – you will then be assigned to one of our child law specialists. Alternatively, you can reach us on 0330 024 0333.

  2. You’ll then receive a free 20-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 work closely with you and your employees to ensure your business is fully compliant with all relevant standards.

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