03 Apr, 2020

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A Surrogacy Lawyer’s take on the BBC’s new drama: ‘The Nest’

The BBC’s new prime-time Sunday night drama tells the story of a surrogacy arrangement set in Glasgow. But how does the story measure up with the law and the reality of UK surrogacy?

10 Jan, 2020

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What is the difference between parental responsibility and legal parenthood?

Parental responsibility and legal parenthood are legal terms which relate to the rights and responsibilities which parents and other adults have in relation to children. Both are possible at once

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06 Oct, 2019

Our views on the Law Commission surrogacy reform proposals

The Law Commission’s surrogacy reform consultation is a once-in-a-generation chance to get surrogacy law right.  We have spent the last few months carefully considering our response, drawing on our legal

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21 Jun, 2019

Celebrating Pride with a look back at UK legal milestones for LGBT+ families.

To celebrate Pride, we look back at some of the UK’s major legal milestones for LGBT+ families over the past 15 years. It’s amazing to think that only 15 years

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20 May, 2019

Can I get NHS funding for storing my sperm or eggs as a trans person?

Fertility preservation is of particular significance for any trans young person embarking upon a treatment programme which may compromise their fertility. Any consideration of hormone or other treatment must include

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18 Oct, 2018

Campaigning for U.K. transgender law reform

The government consultation on reform of the Gender Recognition Act closes on Friday at 11pm. If you haven’t responded already, please do. Stonewall have produced some very helpful guidance and it takes

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04 Oct, 2018

Civil partnership for different-sex couples: a win for equality or a store of future problems?

Theresa May announced at the Conservative Party conference this week that the government plans to open civil partnership to different-sex couples. It is not a big surprise. The government has

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31 Jul, 2018

Do I need my ex’s permission to go on holiday with our child?

As the school holidays approach, issues about taking children abroad on holiday can often cause tension and anxiety between separated parents, which can spoil precious time together. If you want

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22 May, 2018

Transgender parents and contact arrangements – Am I at risk of losing my children if I transition?

All children have a right to a relationship with both (or all) their parents. The law is no different if a parent is transgender or gender diverse, but there is

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21 May, 2018

Do I need my ex’s permission to move abroad with our child ?

The law protects a child’s right to a relationship with both (or all) of his or her parents. That means that there are rules surrounding whether a parent can move

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