Your application will be issued at your local Family Centre. If the surrogacy arrangement was outside of the UK, the surrogacy Hearings will take place in the High Court. There is a different process depending on whether the surrogacy took place in the UK or abroad.
I will apply for the first Hearing as soon as possible. If you are abroad, this can be adjourned until you return to the UK or you can arrange a telephone Hearing. Telephone Hearings are not easy to organise and depend on providers and connectivity where you are.
For Surrogacy in the UK there is usually one Hearing before Magistrates.
For surrogacy abroad, your Hearings will be at the High Court. At the first Hearing your evidence will be reviewed and the Judge will decide what further evidence is required. A further date will be set in order for you to present the further evidence. When all of the evidence is complete a Final Hearing date will be set and a Parental Order should be made.
You must attend all surrogacy Hearings unless the court has given you permission not to attend. You should also take the child with you. At the Final Hearing you will have an opportunity to take photos with the Judge if you wish.
Please call surrogacy lawyers for advice on surrogacy Hearings on 01727 884 688 or e-mail Harjit 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.