Legislation allowing single parents to obtain legal parenthood for children born through surrogacy arrangements has moved closer to becoming law.

At the moment, parental orders, which are the court orders that transfer legal parenthood from the surrogate to the intended parents, are only available to couples. This has been ruled incompatible with human rights law, and the government has drawn up proposals to change the law as a result. 

The government's proposals are now before a parliamentary human rights committee for scrutiny, and the committee's consultation period will come to an end in early January 2018. The committee must then report to parliament before the change in the law can come into effect, which should happen later in 2018. 

We will be continuing to monitor the government's progress on this vital piece of law reform, and if you need advice around this issue then please do get in touch.