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.

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.

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.
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Your journey through the legal process

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:

  • Once you’ve submitted a contact form via the enquire now panel to the right of this page or by using the button below, you’ll be assigned to a member of our team.
  • You’ll then receive a free 20-minute consultation within 24 hours via Zoom or telephone to discuss the issues you’re facing.
  • Should you then decide that you wish to use our services, you’ll receive a breakdown of all our costs and a pack of on-boarding documents. We will work closely alongside you to ensure that whichever family issue you are facing we are here to support you and find you the right solution.
  • After that, a further one-hour meeting at a fixed fee cost to get to know you and your family needs with no additional charges if the call goes over an hour.

Working to protect your growing family

Having a child through a surrogate is no small matter, to you or to us. We will work with you from start to finish or at difficult points along the way, to ensure your growing family is protected, with peace of mind.

Contact us today or call us on 0800 689 0746 for a free confidential consultation with our fertility and surrogacy specialists. 

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