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International surrogacy and the need for early Immigration advice

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You have made the decision to embark upon a surrogacy arrangement abroad and you have spent a lot of time researching clinics, success rates and costings. You have a feeling that you should probably get some legal advice and you may have undertaken a bit...

Keeping up with the Kardashians

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It has been reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are looking for a surrogate to carry their third child. Kim has been very open about the medical issues she had in her first two pregnancies. She suffers from placenta accreta, which makes another...

Conceiving with a known donor or co-parent

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For parents who are unable to conceive naturally (whether it be due to infertility, because they are single or part of a same sex couple) many consider conceiving with a known donor or co-parent. So, what is the difference between a known...

Court of Appeal rules that child should remain with the surrogate

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In the case of Re M [2017] EWCA Civ 228 the Court of Appeal has upheld a decision granting care of a child, born through surrogacy, to the surrogate mother. The intended parents had appealed the decision of Mrs Justice Russell in June 2016, who had ordered...

New law set to give single parents through surrogacy the same rights as couples

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A change in law regarding Surrogacy will allow single people to become parents via surrogacy for the first time. In order to secure parentage following surrogacy the intended parents must apply for a Parental Order. At present the Human Fertilisation and...

Why is specialist fertility law advice so necessary?

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The decision to start a family is always an overwhelming one. Is this the right time? Can we afford a baby? Will we be good parents? It becomes even more daunting when it involves potential fertility treatment or surrogacy. The decision to proceed with...

International Surrogacy - FAQ

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Is international surrogacy legal? Surrogacy is lawful in some Countries, but it is restricted or prohibited in others. If you are considering arranging a surrogacy agreement abroad it is important that you research your destination Country carefully and...

Is specialist family and immigration advice really necessary if you are considering international surrogacy? Absolutely!

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The recent case of Re Z involved an application by British intended parents following a surrogacy arrangement in India. Twins were born on the 5 th May 2014 and applications for parental orders were submitted on the 1 st August 2014. The issue in this...

Parents embark on legal parenthood battle due to Fertility Clinic mistakes

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In September, the English High Court published a judgement highlighting mistakes made by UK fertility clinics relating to the creation, storage and implantation of human embryos as well as leaving 8 couple’s legal parentage in question. President of...

Alternative Parenting Show 2015

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Biscoes Fertility Team is excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at this year’s Alternative Parenting Show. The Alternative Parenting Show will be taking place at the Grand Connaught Rooms on Saturday 19th September 2015. It is the original...

Bringing Baby Home

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Reports are stating that a gay couple have been forced into hiding in Thailand after their surrogate told them she wanted to keep the baby. In January 2015 when Carmen, now six months old, was only a week old the intended parents were on their way to obtain...

Portsmouth Pride 20th June 2015

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Biscoes Fertility Department are supporting this years Portsmouth Pride which is taking place on June 20 th . This event marks the return of Portsmouth Pride after a 13 year hiatus. The Portsmouth pride organisers have been overwhelmed by the support they...

High Court order exposes lack of legal framework in surrogacy cases

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The High Court case was heard earlier this year but its decision has only just been published. The decision follows a bitter dispute over the nature of the parents’ agreement when a baby girl was conceived. Whilst the mother argued that they had...

Surrogacy

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Put simply, Surrogacy is when another woman carries and gives birth to a child for you. Though it can be a legally complex and emotionally intense arrangement, it is growing in popularity for couples struggling to have a child and can offer an individual or...

Legal first as single dad through surrogacy has been granted an adoption order

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The newspaper headlines have been exploding with news about the gay dad whose mum was his surrogate. But have they missed the point? This case resulted in a landmark legal decision. Whilst the media have focused on a mother carrying her son’s child,...

UK Parliament votes to allow three-person IVF

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On the 3 rd February 2015 British MPs passed legislation that will allow children to be conceived using the genetic material from three different people to eradicate mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial disease is where the DNA which comes from the mother...

It is illegal to pay a UK surrogate, right?

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Wrong. UK surrogates do get paid and in many respects always have done. Whilst it is illegal for anyone to arrange surrogacy for profit, this does not apply to surrogates or intended parents. What this means is that surrogates and intended parents are free...

Court makes ground breaking decision for surrogacy parents who miss the six month deadline for making a Parental Order

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Up until the 3rd October 2014 it was widely believed that the statutory provisions meant that the court could not make a Parental Order after the expiration of 6 months from the child’s birth. This left many in a difficult predicament, particularly...

Exciting New Service!

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Modern day families pose new challenges to the law, which is why it is increasingly important for advice to be obtained and the legal aspects considered from the outset. We are committed to helping individuals create and protect the family they have always...