21 Oct, 2015

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Supreme Court ruling shows that lying will not be tolerated in family matters

Where separating couples are dividing their finances, they must give ‘full and frank’ disclosure of their financial positions. This is so that everyone involved (including the family court) has a

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18 Sep, 2015

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Administrative errors at IVF clinics jeopardise families’ legal parenthood

In this recent case, the President of the Family Division made damming criticisms of IVF clinics across the UK, and their regulator the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, highlighting a

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07 Sep, 2015

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High Court rules it cannot grant birth certificates to single dads through surrogacy

In a High Court decision today, the President of the Family Division has ruled that UK law cannot be stretched to recognise children born to single parents through surrogacy. Denying

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01 Jul, 2015

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High Court awards parenthood for international surrogacy children – 8 and 5 years after they were born

In a landmark ruling published today (Re A and B 2015), the High Court has awarded legal parenthood for two surrogate-born children, age 8 and 5, who were left ‘legally

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18 Jun, 2015

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Are contracts and pre-birth orders the way forward for UK surrogacy?

Natalie and NGA paralegal Melissa Elsworth have co-written an article published in this month’s International Family Law about the future of UK surrogacy law. ‘Are contracts and pre-birth orders the way

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11 May, 2015

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High Court awards care of baby girl to gay couple

NGA has been in the news this week, having represented a same-sex couple awarded main care of their baby daughter after a 15 month High Court battle. In H v S

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05 Apr, 2015

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‘Maternity leave’ for surrogacy starts today

From today, parents in the UK expecting a child through surrogacy have the same rights to time off work as other new parents. Reforms under the Children and Families Act

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04 Mar, 2015

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Single Dad through surrogacy granted adoption order in legal first

The UK High Court has awarded an adoption order to a single dad through surrogacy, in the first case of its kind in the UK. Describing the law as a

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21 Nov, 2014

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Converting from civil partnership to marriage: why and how

As of the 10 December 2014 it will be possible for same sex couples to covert their existing civil partnerships into a marriage. This follows the introduction for the first

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03 Oct, 2014

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Court unlocks ‘nonsensical’ law for surrogacy parents who miss six month deadline to secure parental status

Until now, intended parents could only apply to become legal parents within six months of the birth of their child.  But in a key ruling today, the President of the High Court

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