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International Surrogacy

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Family Law: International Surrogacy



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If you considering engaging a surrogate mother in a foreign country in order to have a child, it is important to seek legal advice. With four decades of experience, we can help provide you with the specialist legal support you need when using a surrogate from abroad.

Why choose Hodge Jones & Allen?

Our caring family law solicitors based in London are experienced in the legal implications of having a child using a surrogate. We take the time to listen, understand your personal circumstances and work hard to lead you through the steps required to enable you to acquire full parental rights for your child;

  • We’ll give you honest, clear and straightforward advice
  • Our family solicitors maintain the utmost sensitivity and privacy
  • We truly care and want to help
  • We’ll be right by your side throughout
  • We have world wide-links with surrogacy agencies and clinics, specialist international surrogacy barristers and immigration lawyers.

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How can we help?

We will work with you every step of the way, ensuring the process is carried out as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Our specialist team will be flexible when working with you so we meet the particular needs of you and your family. We understand the sensitive nature of the process and work with absolute discretion. We’ll be there to help by,

  • Providing assistance and legal advice throughout and when any questions arise
  • Helping with the preparation of Parental Order proceedings in England and Wales to ensure that you are legally recognised as the parents
  • Providing the necessary guidance to ensure you are following the right procedures in the country which the child is born, working to bring you child home as quickly as possible

In some countries, it is necessary to have a Will which covers specific issues with the surrogacy arrangements in order to proceed. We have experience of assisting intended parents with this, and will be able to help you prepare a Will for this purpose.

What happens next?

After you get in touch:

  • A member of our specialist Family Law team will call you.
  • They will listen to your situation and discuss your case with you
  • They will advise on your next best steps

International surrogacy can be legally complex

Under English law, if you have a child with a surrogate mother you and your partner will not be the child’s legal parents. You will need to ask the court to make a parental order which will extinguish the surrogate mother’s (and her husband’s if she is married) parentage and transfer the rights and responsibilities for your child to you.

With international surrogacy arrangements, the child will often have no automatic claim to British nationality, regardless of your nationalities. So, this will mean that additional steps need to be taken before you can bring your child home.

It is important that you understand early on what the legal requirements are and what steps you need to take here and in the country in which your child is born. Our expert team will support you through the important steps and advise on the best options to bring your child home as quickly as possible.

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If you are thinking of using an international surrogate, please contact us today for expert legal advice.

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