Surrogacy has been back in the news this week, thanks to the birth of Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West's third child, who was carried by a surrogate mother.
Here, one surrogate tells the moving story of acting as a surrogate for a friend who had suffered several miscarriages and had been advised against trying to get pregnant again herself.
Surrogacy has become more and more common over the last few years, and has allowed many people to have children who otherwise might not have been able to. However, it can be fraught with legal issues, particularly because the surrogate mother remains the child's legal parent unless and until the intended parents obtain a court order transferring legal parenthood to them.
The government and the Law Commission are currently looking at reforms to surrogacy law in the UK, but it will be some time before any action is taken. If you need any advice on this complex area of law, please get in touch.
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