Exploring Surrogacy – the essential legal advice you need when having a child using a surrogate

The momentous decision to start or grow a family is more intricate and emotional for intended parents who can’t or choose not to fall pregnant themselves.  Alternative fertility options and surrogacy can bring your dreams 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 responsibilities as a new parent.

The laws on surrogacy are complex. Taking advice early is essential and will help you understand the legal requirements, and how you can best prepare for using a surrogate whether you’re an individual or part of a heterosexual or same-sex couple.

In the first of our series of family webinars Katherine Marshall, Matt Parr and David Browne talks to Paul and Robin Morgan-Bentley, a gay married couple who will share their experience of the surrogacy process from beginning, to birth and beyond. We will also hear from some of our experts on:

Creating wills and estate planning
Appointing guardians
Establishing parental rights through a parental order
An overview of your rights as new parents from an employment perspective

Whilst we know not all couples will need to use this avenue of conception please do feel free to forward this invite to any of your colleagues or LGBT+ networks through your workplace.

Our guest speakers

Robin Morgan-Bentley
Author & senior manager at Audible


Paul Morgan-Bentley
Head of Investigations at The Times


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