Surrogacy Arrangements Are a Minefield Without Expert Legal Advice

Surrogacy Arrangements Are a Minefield Without Expert Legal Advice Surrogate births are an increasingly popular option for childless couples but they are replete with potential legal difficulties. In one highly unusual case, the refusal of a surrogate mother and her husband (the couple) to consent to parental orders in favour of the biological parents of twins left the children in legal limbo. The consensual and altruistic surrogacy arrangement had been supervised by a reputable fertility clinic. With one crucial exception, all the legal requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 had been met in order for the biological parents to be recognised as the twins’ legal parents. The…