Parental Order Application
Before you make a Parental Order application, make sure that you can meet the criteria under S.54 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.
To make your Parental Order application you need to complete a C51 application form. You will need the child’s original birth certificate and a certified copy of your marriage certificate or civil partnership certificate. A separate Parental Order application is needed for each child.
You will need to make copies of each application accordingly. The original is retained by the court, one for cafcass and one to serve on each of the Respondents (surrogate and her husband/partner).
The court fee is currently £215 per application not per child. You need to make your cheque payable to ‘HMCTS’.
Post the application by recorded delivery to the family section at your local Family Centre. Chase this up if you have not heard back within 14days. If the application is urgent, go to the Family Centre and issue your Parental Order application in person. If your case in following an international surrogacy arrangement the Family Centre will arrange for your case to be transferred to the High Court. A cafcass officer will be appointed to independently review your case and report to the court. You will be given directions for the progress of your case. There are usually two Hearings or one Hearing in the Family Centre for surrogacy in the UK.
Please call our surrogacy lawyers for advice on a Parental Order application following surrogacy on 01727 884 688 / 07980 917882 or e-mail Harjit directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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