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Stephanie Bellchambers
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Grandparental contact with sperm donor child

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Much has been rather sensationalised about the recent case of G (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 305 which dealt with whether the parents of a sperm donor could have contact with their biological grandchild. Whilst this has been granted, it is in a very limited way...

In need of a helping hand to expand your family?

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Whenever people hear or mention that they are having problems in starting or expanding their families, the first presumption is often that there are fertility issues within the couple. This does however only scratch upon the service of some of the major...

Paper for paper sake? Essential treatment consent forms

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Several cases have been heard recently in relation to consent forms held by licenced clinics either not have been correctly completed or not fully completed which prevented a parent from being registered on the child’s birth certificate by the...

Consenting freely to surrogacy?

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A lot has been reported recently about a surrogacy case whereby a couple who were to be the intended parents were described as ‘manipulative and dishonest’. The surrogate had been ‘matched’ to the gay couple by a fixer who runs...

UK law unfairly discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy

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Sir James Munby, the President of the High Court Family Division, has made a formal declaration that UK law unfairly discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy and is incompatible with their human rights. ...

How is surrogacy arranged?

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As we explored in our previous blog, surrogacy is a popular choice for individuals or couples wanting to create their own family. Once the decision has been made to proceed with surrogacy the intended parents then need to find an appropriate surrogate. This...

Bringing the pride back to Portsmouth!

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Biscoes are very proud to be sponsoring Portsmouth Pride event this year on Saturday 20 th June 2015. The last Gay Pride event was over a decade ago, and organisers of this year’s event hope that it will “bring the whole community...

Co-parenting Agreements - useful tool or paper for paper sake?

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During a recent blog we discussed conceiving using a known donor or co-parent, now we have a chance to look at co-parenting in more detail. If choosing to co-parent, then all parties wish to be involved in the child’s life. In such scenarios, it is...

Second surrogate baby for Glee creator Ryan Murphy!

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Ryan welcomed another child into the world, via a surrogate. The American Horror Story creator and his husband David Miller are now the proud parents of a little boy named Ford. The proud parents already have a 2 year old called Logan, also born by...

Greys Anatomy Star has announced the birth of her second child through surrogacy

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Ellen Pompeo, who has been married to husband Chris Ivery since 2007 and who already have a five year old daughter, has announced the arrival of her second child through surrogacy. A surrogate wasn’t used for her first child. In an interview on...

Alternative Parenting Show

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My colleague Liza Gatrell and I got up early on a Saturday morning and were on the London train by 7:30am to make our way to the yearly Alternative Parenting show in Convent Garden on 20 th September. The show holds a...