Posted on 1:18pm Friday 13th February 2015
There is nothing preventing you from accessing surrogacy services abroad providing that you adhere to the laws of the country that you wish to go to and you do not contravene UK legislation. Commercial surrogacy is legal in many countries such as India and USA. In other countries, it is strictly prohibited whilst in others there is no law in relation to surrogacy at all. If you are thinking about surrogacy abroad the first thing you should do is speak to a surrogacy lawyer in the UK and then possibly a family lawyer in the country that you are thinking about going to. Your surrogacy lawyer in the UK should be able to tell you whether surrogacy is legal in the country that you are considering. If it is and the surrogacy lawyer has already successfully acted for couples who have been to the destination, gone through surrogacy and obtained a Parental Order, you may not need to get legal advice abroad.
Posted on 10:01am Tuesday 25th November 2014
The current surrogacy law is making it very difficult for single, infertile and / or gay couples to create a family. Many are putting themselves at risk by securing surrogacy services abroad. We need a better surrogacy framework in the UK.
Posted on 9:53am Friday 29th November 2013
What rent do you pay?
Posted on 2:40pm Monday 15th October 2012
Pay your lawyers what you think they are worth. No more hourly rate!
Posted on 3:59pm Wednesday 20th July 2011
The surrogate mother doesn't have to give you the baby. The fact that you have spent hundreds or even thousands on making her pregnancy as comfortable as possible is irrelevant.
Posted on 3:53pm Wednesday 20th July 2011
Wendi Deng’s instinctive reaction to the atrocious and indefensible attack on Rupert Murdoch was met with applause in our office. Whatever the protestor’s intentions, the incident only served to shift the mood slightly in favour of the Murdochs, distracting from the scandal. Best regards Harjit Sarang
Posted on 11:45am Thursday 26th May 2011
Thank you for your question. You have been living with your partner for 13 years and have 3 children. Marriage has never been an issue because neither of you are religious. You are independent and individually wealthy which is one of the reasons why the relationship works so well. The children are aged 5,3 and 10 months. You want to know where you stand should the relationship break down and stress to me that getting married for financial reasons goes against all of your principles as an independent woman. (I hear you!)
Posted on 2:05pm Thursday 28th April 2011
Statistics aside, my experience is that divorce season normally runs from about November to April. However, there seems to be no sign of a slowdown at BEST.
Posted on 11:07am Friday 18th March 2011
If your husband has parental responsibility for your child then you will need his consent to change the surname. Parental responsibility is automatic if his name is on the birth certificate as you were married.
Posted on 10:34am Thursday 2nd December 2010
Great headline from the Guardian last month. Will the Princess agree to a prenup? Will the Prince insist on a pre-nup? William and Kate have just got engaged and family law solicitors are talking money!
Posted on 1:46pm Wednesday 1st December 2010
Family law solicitors are inundated with Christmas contact enquiries during this time of the year. My advice is usually that if you live close enough to one another, the day could be shared between you. Parent 1 could have morning to 1400/1500 and Parent 2 could have the afternoon / evening (times may vary). That way, the children see both of you and enjoy the day.
Posted on 1:19pm Monday 6th September 2010
You tell me that you left the matrimonial home last week because you could not bear the atmosphere in the house anymore. You took some belongings but you have left some paperwork and important documents. Your husband is refusing to give you the keys and is threatening to change the locks. He will not give you your documents and is not communicating with you reasonably. The house and mortgage are in joint names.
Posted on 2:16pm Wednesday 11th August 2010
Thank you for your question. I'm not sure whether you are married. If you are married, the mother of the child may attend alone to register the birth and then enter your details as father.
Posted on 4:17pm Thursday 29th July 2010
Posted on 12:14pm Tuesday 20th July 2010
Can children decide not to see a parent?
Posted on 1:59pm Tuesday 13th July 2010
Posted on 1:05pm Monday 7th June 2010
If you believe that contact is in your daughter's best interests, your obligation is to facilitate it. That means, making your daughter available for the session. This obligation does not extend to providing accommodation. Can't he take her out for a few hours? There are plenty of things to do with a 5 yr old. As contact is so infrequent, a few hours out somewhere nice will make her feel special.
Posted on 8:59pm Tuesday 25th May 2010
Hello there. Nobody has an automatic right to a Residence Order in respect of the children. As you are aware, a Residence Order is an Order stating where the children should live. In whose care they should be.
Posted on 11:26am Tuesday 18th May 2010
I do not know whether your ex partner disappeared for two years or was around having contact. I will assume the worst case scenario that she disappeared.