Surrogacy is in the news at the moment because of reports that footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez are due to be having twins through a surrogacy arrangement. 

Surrogacy is an invaluable way for couples with fertility problems, and same sex couples, to have children when they might not otherwise be able to. However, it can be a legal and ethical minefield. In some countries, it is completely illegal. Others, including the UK, allow 'altruistic' surrogacy but not 'commercial' surrogacy, in which the surrogate mother is paid to carry the child. 

In the UK, the surrogate mother has legal parental responsibility for the child until the intended parents obtain a court order giving it to them. In one recent case, the surrogate mother refused to agree to the transfer of parental responsibility to the intended parents, in protest at how she felt she had been treated by them during her pregnancy. This left the parents and the child in a legal limbo, and campaigners calling for reform.

If you need advice on the complex legal issues around surrogacy, please do not hesitate to contact us.