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        Adoption & Surrogacy

        The legal status of children born by surrogacy was clarified in 2008 by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. This, subject to a number of conditions, allows a couple to apply to a Court for a parental responsibility order which means that the child is treated in law as their child.

        Under UK law the woman who gives birth is always treated as the mother, and has the right to keep the child - even if they’re not genetically related.

        However, parenthood can be transferred by parental order or adoption. DWF are available to assist across a broad range of Family Law matters (including parental orders, adoption or surrogacy.

        We strive to get to the heart of the issue, and find the right solution for each client in a quick and cost effective manner, with an accurate and transparent fee structure.

        David Pickering

        • Partner // National Head of Family

        Beverley Jones

        • Partner // Head of Family Department (Liverpool)