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Lesbian and gay couples have been creating families for some time now. However, not enough see the need for advice on fertility law / parenting law.
Lesbian couples will use known or anonymous sperm donors and gay couples will go through surrogacy arrangements. Both have legal implications and outcomes that can be made clear to you if you obtain clear fertility law / parenting law advice.
As part of the wider movement towards eliminating discrimination towards same sex individuals / couples, the law is playing catch up. We have seen success recently with the Equal / Same sex marriage Bill and now judgements are being delivered to acknowledge and protect parents and children in alternative family structures.
Until then, I continue to advise lesbian and gay couples to seek legal advice before they start the process of creating a family within our fertility law / parenting law department. The legal relationships that you intend on creating are not always possible unless you do things in a certain way compliant with existing albeit outdated, law.
It is devastating to discover that you are not the legal parent once the child is born. For the sperm donor, finding yourself as a legal father when the opposite was intended, leads to obligations both financial and parental.
You will need bespoke legal advice on legal parenthood and financial obligations.
You need to know whether the process that you are going through be it sperm or egg donation, surrogacy or IVF will leave you with legal parenthood status for the child. If you are receiving or donating eggs or sperm, you need to know whether you become the legal parent and consequently have financial obligations towards the child.
The law in this field is fast developing in particular, international surrogacy and surrogacy in the UK. We provide legal advice on your chosen method of conception to include donor or co-parenting agreements and parental orders following surrogacy arrangements.
Call Harjit Sarang today on 01727 884688 or 07980 917882 for information and support with Fertility Law Parenting Law.