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Surrogacy laws in brief:

In the UK, the woman who gives birth to a child is the legal mother, and if she is married, her spouse is recognised as the child’s second legal parent. 

This law directly impacts surrogacy because the intended parent(s) (who may also be the biological parents) are not recognised as their child’s legal parents from birth.

To become the legal parent(s), you must apply to the court for a parental order. 

The order will remove the surrogate and her spouse’s status and reassign legal parenthood and parental responsibility to the intended parents. This process can take up to a year. 

There are certain criteria you must meet to apply for the order. Our surrogacy experts can help you make the application or explain the other orders available to you. 

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