Finding a surrogate
There are several charitable organisations in the UK that can help with finding a surrogate. They can match surrogates and IPs. You may also find a surrogate yourself. It is illegal in the UK to advertise for a surrogate or intended parents.
Please contact us for legal advice before you start the process so that you can be sure that you are operating within the law. You will also want to be satisfied that you can actually become the legal parent once the child is born. It may also be useful for you to know what can go wrong in such arrangements so that you are prepared.
We are aware of a large and growing underground surrogacy world in the UK where money may be exchanging hands for gametes and a surrogacy arrangement. Whilst we accept that this is largely due to the lack of legal framework and failure of the UK legal system to protect IP’s and surrogates, we advise that you exercise extreme caution in taking part in such arrangements. You may be breaking the law.
There are several cases that we have acted on where these types of arrangements have resulted in disagreements and unsatisfactory results for all parties involved. Often they result in a very sad result for the child born as a result of the arrangement.
Whichever method or service you use to find your surrogate, you are responsible for making sure that she fully understands what she is doing for you. Independent legal advice and counselling is strongly advised. A UK lawyer must not be involved in the specifics of your surrogacy arrangement and certainly must not advise on your surrogacy agreement however, they can provide general advice on the legal position of a surrogate and intended parent. You need to know what the risks are and how best to avoid them.
If a surrogacy arrangement goes wrong, you risk losing your child to someone that you had no intention of having a relationship with. Ultimately, the worst case scenario is a breakdown of the arrangement with dire emotional, psychological and financial consequences for the child’s life.
Surrogacy contracts are not legally binding and therefore simply signing an agreement is not sufficient. We have seen many things go wrong in surrogacy arrangements. You need to ensure that you are all absolutely clear about what your intentions are from insemination, payments, birth plan, birth registration and legal responsibility.
Please call our surrogacy lawyers for advice on finding a surrogate and surrogacy in the UK on 01727 884 688 or e-mail Harjit directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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