In England, altruistic surrogacy is legal. Surrogates may only be paid ‘reasonable expenses’ to act as a surrogate for you. Most surrogates in the UK take ‘reasonable expenses’ that vary from arrangement to arrangement An amount is estimated and paid monthly over 9 months. Typically, that varies from £8-15,000. Other surrogates wish to be reimbursed for each expense as and when it arises resulting in less.
The reality of the situation is that an amount is agreed and paid accordingly.
There are a few charitable organisations in the UK where you can meet with IPs and surrogates. You may also find a surrogate yourself but please take advice before you proceed. It is important for you to be sure that you are acting within the law and most importantly, that you can become the legal parents once the child is born.
I am 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 I 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, I advise that you exercise extreme caution in taking part in such arrangements.
There are several cases that I have acted on where these types of arrangements have failed with horrible consequences.
Please call surrogacy lawyers for advice. ‘Altruistic surrogacy’ call 01727 884 688 or e-mail directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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I provide legal advice on surrogacy based on the law in England and Wales.
I have acted for clients working with many agencies across the world. I will not recommend any surrogacy provider, destination, agency or clinic. If my advice concludes that you can become legal parents following the arrangement you are considering, it should not be taken as advice to proceed. If I have acted for couples who have entered into similar arrangements, you should not take that as advice to proceed. You must always do your own due diligence on any agency / destination. A successful arrangement for someone else won’t always mean a successful arrangement for you. I will not take part in any negotiations for your surrogacy arrangement nor, will I review your surrogacy contract.