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legal in the UK. The main proviso is that no money other
expenses' should be paid to the surrogate. While
there is no strict definition as what constitutes '
reasonable expenses ' it is left up to the individuals
involved in a surrogate arrangement to come to an
agreement regarding these expenses. Any costs incurred
by a surrogate that are as a result of the pregnancy
would be regarded as expenses. For a quide of these
expenses please see our downloads page.
also be noted that, at present, the law does not
recognise surrogacy as a binding agreement on either
parties. There is very little the intended parents can
do to secure their position prior to the birth, even in
the case of gestational surrogacy where the baby is
genetically related to both intended parents and not the
child is born and if the intended father's name goes on
the birth certificate, then he automatically has equal
rights over the child with the surrogate. If not a
Parent Responsibility Agreement can be entered into
by the intended father with the surrogate mother, which
gives them equal rights over the child, this only
applies in certain cases, see link above. After six
weeks the 'parents' can apply for a
Parental Order that will give them full and
permanent parental rights over the child.
this stage the surrogate relinquishes all her rights
over the child.
To read more about the
Parental Responsibility Agreement click here
To read more about the Parental Order click here
illegal to advertise for surrogates or intended parents.
A detailed description of
the issues surrounding surrogacy and the law are
included in our 'Introduction to surrogacy' booklet.
Couples living outside the UK- The
Adoption and Children Act 2002 whose relevant
sections became effective on 31 December 2005 makes it
illegal for anyone to take a child out
of the UK with a view to adopting it in a non-UK
country. It is also illegal for anyone to advise or
assist such persons in any way. Please read relevant
84 to 86 Effectively, COTS can no longer help
overseas couples and nor can we enter into any further
discussion of any kind with such couples. We understand
the obvious distress this will cause and point out that
we were not consulted or informed in any way regarding
the drafting, implications or implementation of this