Surrogacy & Fertility
We have expertise in advising people on the creation of modern families and assisting to resolve any disputes that may arise in the process. We help same-sex and heterosexual couples, both married and unmarried, from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
We can assist with:-
Surrogacy planning – many people mistakenly believe that signed surrogacy agreements are legal and enforceable in the UK but this is not the case. We can advise you on the legal position and how to obtain legal parenthood after your baby is born.
Parental Orders – if you are having a child using a surrogate, under English law you and your partner will not be the child’s legal parents. You will therefore need a Parental Order extinguishing the surrogate mother’s parentage (and that of her husband if she is married) and transferring all rights and responsibilities for your child to you.
Surrogacy disputes – occasionally legal difficulties arise during the limbo period before a Parental Order is granted, such as communication issues with your surrogate, birth registration and the exercise of parental responsibility. If there are disagreements, you may wish to seek legal advice early on and we will help you resolve matters in the most practical way.
Donor conception – We can help with all aspects of UK law for parents conceiving with the help of a donor, whether known or through a UK licensed fertility clinic. Preparing a Known Donor Agreement can be a useful way of clarifying and recording the intentions of all involved. We can also advise egg and sperm donors who want to better understand or safeguard their legal status.
Co-parenting – in circumstances where two individuals who are not in an intimate relationship decide to have a baby, we can help you avoid mismatched expectations and future disputes by preparing a Co-Parenting Agreement. We can also assist with any disagreements that may arise during the child’s upbringing, whether those are financial or in relation to the role the donor/father (and possibly their partner) should play in the child’s life.
Legal status of biological and non-biological parents
The Wollens Family Team can provide sensitive and supportive legal advice to help you navigate the process of starting your family or resolving disputes. We will ensure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions and all documentation in place to comply with legal formalities.
We can offer flexibility in the type and amount of legal advice appropriate for your case and can tailor our approach to suit you and your family. This might involve advising and assisting from start to finish or simply ‘behind the scenes’ advice for occasional questions and the more complex parts of the legal process.
We are also acutely aware of the special, emotional and sometimes stressful journey you are embarking on and will deal with your case with the utmost sensitivity and professionalism.