Surrogacy is the practise whereby a woman carries a child with the intention that the child should be handed over at birth. It is an increasingly popular way for people to extend their families. There are two different types of surrogacy:
- Traditional surrogacy - the surrogate's own eggs are used, so she is biologically related to the child
- Host surrogacy - the surrogate is not biologically related to the child, and either the eggs of the intended mother or an egg donor are used
Either type of surrogacy is permitted under English law, subject to certain limitations. It is however illegal to pay a surrogate for commercial gain, which means it is not possible to make commercial payments for someone to act as a surrogate.
It is vital to obtain legal advice from the very beginning of your journey. Our experienced family solicitors can provide all of the advice and support when you need to make a challenging process, stress-free.
Our fertility and surrogacy law solicitors at RFB are highly experienced in all legal matters concerning surrogacy, fertility, and adoption.