04 May, 2018

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How do I apply for step-parent adoption in the UK?

Step-parent adoption is a way of consolidating an existing relationship with a child and putting it onto a secure legal footing. There are various situations in which a step-parent or

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02 May, 2018

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Celebrating 3 years of shared adoption leave and pay for new parents through surrogacy

Since 5 April 2015, UK parents to children born through surrogacy have been entitled to adoption leave and pay. The reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014 followed a

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18 Apr, 2018

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I am donor conceived – what information can I find out about my donor?

Natalie and Helen were delighted to attend a reception at the House of Lords on Tuesday evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Donor Conception Network, a world-leading charity

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13 Apr, 2018

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Should I put a pre-nuptial agreement in place before I get married or register a civil partnership?

One of the biggest issues when getting divorced or dissolving a civil partnership is unpicking your respective finances. Increasing numbers of couples are considering putting a pre-nuptial agreement in place

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09 Apr, 2018

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Why do I need a will for a surrogacy arrangement?

Putting a will in place is on many of our to-do lists. With busy lives and various responsibilities, making a will usually ends up getting overlooked and becomes as a

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26 Mar, 2018

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Single parent surrogacy – the government must heed Parliament’s warning

Natalie has written a comment piece for this week’s Bionews supporting Parliament’s criticism of the government ‘remedial order’ which will enable single parents, like couples, to apply for a parental

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23 Mar, 2018

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What happens when fertility clinics get legal parenthood wrong?

If you are an unmarried couple conceiving with donor sperm at a fertility clinic in the UK, then you rely on your clinic both to provide good medical care and

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06 Feb, 2018

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Parents through surrogacy who are splitting up? What does UK law say?

Usually, one of the first things parents think of if they are considering separating is how arrangements for their children will be managed. If your children were born through surrogacy,

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10 Nov, 2017

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How can we protect our rights as a lesbian couple conceiving at home with a known sperm donor?

There are various different ways to conceive a family as a lesbian couple, but one which often prompts questions about the law is home insemination with a known sperm donor.

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16 Dec, 2016

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New High Court decision highlights the importance of establishing ‘domicile’ in international surrogacy cases

High Court judge Mrs Justice Theis has granted parental orders for two children born through a gestational surrogacy arrangement in the US. On the surface this is yet another international surrogacy case

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