Last night saw Katy’s offer to carry sister Izzy’s baby cause unrest amongst the family. In our experience, family-based surrogacy arrangements are usually incredibly positive. The existing relationship between the surrogate and the intended parents provides a solid foundation of mutual trust, support and respect. Those intended parents who have had an offer from a friend or family member are typically overwhelmed by the generosity shown by someone who has observed their journey from the periphery. It is, of course, a very personal choice for everyone involved.
Archive for August, 2012
As the UK’s leading experts on surrogacy law, Natalie Gamble Associates were approached for help at an early stage by the Corrie research team, who wanted to make sure the legal issues were dealt with accurately in the programme. Natalie, who has advised the research team throughout story development and script writing, says:
‘The fact that surrogacy is on Corrie is such a testament to how accepted a part of normal life surrogacy has become in the UK. It has been fabulous to work alongside ITV to make this story come to life.
‘Although life on Corrie is rarely smooth and uncomplicated (you’ll have to wait and see what happens!), we are delighted to have played a part in telling a great story which we hope will raise awareness for the real families being created through surrogacy who we work with every day’.
Sarah Wood-Heath has written an article for lesbian magazine G3 about known donor disputes, and the recent Court of Appeal decision to award contact to a biological father who donated his sperm to a lesbian couple.
Although every case in the family court is fact specific (and the court made it clear that the only binding principle it was setting was that the child’s welfare should be paramount), it is a decision which has changed the trend of previous case law, which has always been to protect the integrity of the lesbian family unit against any claims from the donor. We have yet to see how significant it may be in future known donation disputes.