High Court in the UK Rules “Loud and Clear”

In the UK, a High Court Justice granted parenthood to a gay couple who had conceived twins through surrogacy in California.  In addition to confirming the biggest  payment for surrogacy yet authorized by the Court in the amount of $56,000 plus expenses, the ruling was intended to send a public warning to parents of children born through international surrogacy.   The Justice ordered “The legal relationship between children born as a result of surrogacy arrangements and their intended parents is not on a secure legal footing without [a UK parental order] being made. That can have long term legal consequences for the children… The message needs to go out loud and clear to encourage parental order applications to be made in respect of children born as a result of international surrogacy agreements, and for them to be made promptly.”

 

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