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What options are available for LGBTQ+ parents?

There are various options available if you want to become a parent/parents:

Why do you need a specialist lawyer?

Our expert lawyers have experience in all the implications of whatever route to parenthood you choose. They can give advice, help draft documentation and break down the law for you to make your experience as smooth as possible so you can fully enjoy the first steps to parenthood.

The legal framework is the same for heterosexual people, same-sex couples, and members of the LGBTQ+ community; however, we recognised that sometimes LGBTQ+ parents have unique issues and face unique complexities that require the assistance of experienced lawyers.

UK law states that the woman who gives birth to the baby is their legal parent. If she is married, her spouse becomes the second legal parent. This can cause complications for those wanting to use surrogacy, assisted reproduction, or become platonic coparents.

Our lawyers can assist with:

  • Parental orders, to transfer legal parenthood
  • Surrogacy agreements
  • Platonic coparenting agreements
  • Legal implications of the use of donated gametes
  • Embryo storage

Your family is unique, and we treat it as such, with the utmost care. Whatever path you choose we will ensure that the legal aspects of your journey to parenthood are navigated with sensitivity and expertise.

We’re proud to be a member of The Surrogacy Network, the leading directory and platform for surrogacy professionals.

The Surrogacy Network

Consideration of the child arrangements issues that may arise following parental separation for those within the LGBTQIA+ community require lawyers who are sensitve to the sometime unique complexities that can arise. Stowe Family Law have a highly developed practice in every type of of legal issue that may affect parents from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Where are our family law solicitors based?

Altrincham

WorkSmart Altrincham Hub, 12-14 Shaw’s Road
Altrincham
WA14 1QU

Banbury

Jeffersons Business Centre, Room 3, 6 S Bar St
Banbury
OX16 9AA

Bath

Northgate House, Upper Borough Walls
Bath
BA1 1RG

Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted House, 121 High St
Berkhamsted
HP4 2DJ

Beverley

First Floor, 22 Trinity Ln
Beverley
HU17 0DY

Birmingham

The Colmore Building, 20 Colmore Circus, Queensway
Birmingham
B4 6AT

Bishop’s Stortford

The Residence Coworking, New Mead Barn, Wickham Hall, Hadham Rd
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 1JG

Bolton

120 Bark St
Bolton
BL1 2AX

Bournemouth

25 Basepoint Business Centre, Aviation Business Park, Enterprise Close
Christchurch
BH23 6NX

Bracknell

Venture House, Arlington Square, Downshire Way
Bracknell
RG12 1WA

Brighton

Room 525 Mocatta House, Trafalgar Pl
Brighton
BN1 4DU

Bristol

St Nicholas House, 31-34 High St
Bristol
BS1 2AW

Bromley

Kingfisher House Business Centre, 21-23 Elmfield Rd
Bromley
BR1 1LT

Camberley

Basepoint Business Centre, 377-399 London Rd
Camberley
GU15 3HL

Cambridge

Regus - Cambridge, Wellington House, East Rd, Petersfield
Cambridge
CB1 1BH

Camden

13 Hawley Crescent
London
NW1 8NP

Canary Wharf

37th Floor, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf
London
E14 5AP

Canterbury

Fruitworks Coworking, 1-2 Jewry Lane
Canterbury
CT1 2NP

Cardiff

Temple Court, 13A Cathedral Rd
Cardiff
CF11 9HA

Chelmsford

Second Floor, Saxon House, 27 Duke St
Chelmsford
CM1 1HT

Chelsea

50 Sloane Avenue, Chelsea
London
SW3 3DD

Cheltenham

Harley House, 29 Cambray Pl
Cheltenham
GL50 1JN

Chester

Regus House, Business Park, Heronsway
Chester
CH4 9QR

Chesterfield

Northern Gateway Enterprise Centre, Saltergate
Chesterfield
S40 1UT

Colchester

Suite F15, Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway, Boundary Rd
Colchester
CO4 3ZQ

Covent Garden

60 St Martin's Ln
London
WC2N 4JS

Croydon

The Lansdowne Building, 2 Lansdowne Road
Croydon
CR9 2ER

Derby

Derwent Business Centre, Clarke St
Derby
DE1 2BU

Durham

Durham Workspace, Abbey Rd, Pity Me
Durham
DH1 5JZ

Esher

The Bellbourne, 103 High St
Esher
KT10 9QE

Exeter

Broadwalk House, Southernhay West
Exeter
EX1 1UA

Farnborough

The Hub, Business Park, Fowler Ave
Farnborough
GU14 7JF

Fleet

Pearson Court, 3 Kings Rd
Fleet
GU51 3DL

Guildford

2 Wey Court, Mary Road
Guildford
GU1 4QU

Hammersmith

1 Lyric Square
London
W6 0NB

Harrogate

Royal Chambers, 110 Station Parade
Harrogate
HG1 1EP

High Wycombe

1 Aston Court, Kingsmead Business Park, Frederick Pl, Loudwater
High Wycombe
HP11 1JU

Huddersfield

Empire House, Lewisham Rd, Slaithwaite
Huddersfield
HD7 5AL

Ilkley

18 Church St
Ilkley
LS29 9DS

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Ipswich

Suite 422, Franciscan House, 51 Princes St
Ipswich
IP1 1UR

Kingston

Second Floor, 25 Union Street
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1RP

Knutsford

Booths Hall, Booths Park, Chelford Rd
Knutsford
WA16 8GS

Leamington Spa

7 Clarendon Pl
Leamington Spa
CV32 5QL

Leeds

Clockwise, Yorkshire House, Greek Street
Leeds
LS1 5SH

Leicester

106 New Walk
Leicester
LE1 7EA

Lichfield

Advantage House, Stowe Court, Stowe St
Lichfield
WS13 6AQ

Lincoln

Cromwell House, Crusader Rd
Lincoln
LN6 7YT

Liverpool

2nd Floor, Edward Pavilion, Royal Albert Dock
Liverpool
L3 4AF

London

Ground Floor, 128 Buckingham Palace Rd
London
SW1W 9SA

Maidenhead

Regus, Concorde Park, Concorde Rd
Maidenhead
SL6 4BY

Manchester

Suite 22c & 22d, 53 King St
Manchester
M2 4LQ

Middlesbrough

Commerce House, 1 Exchange Square
Middlesbrough
TS1 1DE

Milton Keynes

Exchange House, 314 Midsummer Blvd
Milton Keynes
MK9 2UB

Nantwich

Stapeley House, London Road
Nantwich
CW5 7JW

Newcastle

City Quadrant, 2nd Floor, 11 Waterloo St
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4DP

North Shields

5 Royal Quays Business Centre, The CAI Building
North Shields
NE29 6DE

Norwich

Regus - Norwich Stannard Place, Cavell House & Austin House, Stannard Place, St Crispins Rd
Norwich
NR3 1YE

Nottingham

CUBO, Standard Court, Park Row
Nottingham
NG1 6GN

Oxford

Suite 22, 1600 Oxford House, Pure Offices Ltd, Parkway Court, John Smith Dr
Oxford
OX4 2JY

Plymouth

4th Floor, Sutton Harbour, 6 North East Quay Salt Quay House
Plymouth
PL4 0HP

Portsmouth

Ground Floor, Building 1000 Lakeside, Western Road
Portsmouth
PO6 3EZ

Preston

Unit 5, Albert Edward House, The Pavillions, Ashton-on-Ribble
Preston
PR2 2YB

Reading

Suite 28, The Blade, Abbey Square
Reading
RG1 3BD

Reigate

Castle Court, 41 London Rd
Reigate
RH2 9RJ

Richmond

Parkshot House, 5 Kew Rd
London
TW9 2PR

Rickmansworth

Cardinal Point, 1 Park Rd
Rickmansworth
WD3 1RE

Sevenoaks

Lime Tree Work Shop, 11 Lime Tree Walk
Sevenoaks
TN13 1YH

Sheffield

Cubo 38, Carver St
Sheffield
S1 4FS

Slough

The Future Works, 2 Brunel Way
Slough
SL1 1XL

Solihull

Radcliffe House, Blenheim Court, Warwick Rd
Solihull
B91 2AA

Southampton

21 Carlton Cres
Southampton
SO15 2ET

Southgate

5th Floor, The Grange, 100 High St
London
N14 6BN

Southwark

201 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1JA

St Albans

Regus - St. Albans Victoria Square, Fountain Court, 2 Victoria Square
St Albans
AL1 3TF

Stamford

Orion House, 14 Barn Hill
Stamford
PE9 2AE

Stockport

Profolk, Bank Chambers, 15 Market Pl
Stockport
SK1 1AR

Stockton Heath

Suite 6, Hillcrest House, 143 London Rd
Stockton Heath, Warrington
WA4 6LG

Stoke-on-Trent

Trent House, 234 Victoria Rd
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2LW

Sunderland

Regus - Sunderland, Doxford International Business Park, 4 Admiral Way
Sunderland
SR3 3XW

Swansea

Princess House, 14-16 Princess Way
Swansea
SA1 3LW

Swindon

FigFlex Offices, 3 Newbridge Sq
Swindon
SN1 1HN

The City

1 Poultry
London
EC2R 8EJ

Tunbridge Wells

Lonsdale Gate, Lonsdale Gardens
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1NU

Wetherby

Oakgate House, Market Pl
Wetherby
LS22 6LQ

Wigan

Unity House, Westwood Park
Wigan
WN3 4HE

Wimbledon

The Old Town Hall, 4 Queen's Rd
London
SW19 8YB

Winchester

Southgate Chambers, 37-39 Southgate St
Winchester
SO23 9EH

Windsor

Castle Hill House, Castle Hill
Windsor
SL4 1PD

Woking

Albion House, Spaces One, Unit 6 High St
Woking
GU21 6BG

Worcester

Kingsway House, 40 Foregate St
Worcester
WR1 1EE

York

Tower House Business Centre, Fishergate
York
YO10 4UA

Why choose Stowe Family Law?

  • We’re the only national law firm 100% dedicated to family matters, which means our family lawyers have a huge depth and variety of experience in this sector.
  • We take pride in offering an empathic, understanding approach to support you and your family during your case.
  • You’ll be kept in the loop throughout the process and our family lawyers won’t use technical jargon to complicate things further.
  • We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and are listed amongst The Legal 500
  • We’re proud to have been shortlisted for national awards and been named Family Law Firm of the Year by the Hampshire Law Society and at the Yorkshire Legal Awards.
  • We’re rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, based on hundreds of reviews from past clients.
  • You can access our wealth of helpful guides to support you with your family law queries.

Common questions on LGBTQ+ parenting law in the UK

Common questions on LGBTQ+ parenting law in the UK

  • What routes are legal in the UK?

    All of the routes to parenthood mentioned are legal in the UK. However, it is important to note the following for specific options:

    Surrogacy

    Whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, commercial surrogacy is not legal. This is where the intended parents pay the surrogate for having the baby for them, i.e. more than her expenses, so that the arrangement becomes a commercial one.

    Surrogacy agreements are highly recommended, but they are not legally binding. However, if one of our expert surrogacy lawyers at Stowe Family Law assists you in documenting your shared intentions, plans and needs, they are more likely to be held up by a court in the event that anything goes wrong in your surrogacy arrangement.

    Assisted Reproduction

    There are various factors to consider as there are different options for assisted reproduction. The relevant legislation is:

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

    It is also essential that you use a regulated fertility clinic. They are regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

  • Do I need a surrogacy or platonic co parenting agreement?

    Whilst neither surrogacy agreements nor co parenting agreements are legally binding, each can be extremely useful and may assist if there are any disagreements or mishaps in the respective journeys.

    A surrogacy agreement is a record drawn up between the surrogate and the intended parents to highlight their plans, intentions and commitments throughout pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and birth.

    It is important to note that these agreements do not negate the need for a parental order to make the intended parents the legal parents.

    A co parenting agreement details the expectations, plans for conception, pregnancy and birth, as well as various educational, social, religious and cultural environments for raising the child. These are not enforceable, but are a good way of documenting very early on the intentions of the parties involved.

  • What is a parental order and do I need one?

    A parental order is an order granted by the court that transfers legal parenthood. The law in the UK is that the woman who gives birth to a child is automatically the legal parent, and her spouse (if she is married) becomes the second legal parent.

    If you use a surrogate, or choose to adopt, you will need a parental order to become the legal parents of your child, even if you are genetically related to the baby.

  • Can I donate my gametes if I identify as LGBTQ+?

    Yes, in the majority of cases, if you meet the eligibility criteria.

    Transgender people may well be able to donate their gametes. However, if they have already started hormone replacement therapy (HRT), this may affect the quality of the gametes, so they may not pass the eligibility criteria for donation clinics.

Elaine specialises in various facets of family law, demonstrating a particular focus on Divorce, Finances and Modern Families. Elaine works in our London office.

Date last reviewed: 19/06/2024

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