Surrogacy in the UK: legal process for intended parents

Although surrogacy is permitted in the United Kingdom, surrogacy contracts are not legally binding and intended parents must apply for a parental order to become the legal parents of the child. The application can only be submitted within 6 months after the baby’s birth. The process works as follows:

  1. Fill in a C51 application form for a parental order. The cost is £215. When completed, you must give it to a family proceedings court.
  2. After submitting the C51 application form, the court will issue you a C52 acknowledgement form, and notify you about the date of the hearing.
  3. Finally, the C52 form must be given to the child’s legal parent(s) at that moment, that is, the surrogacy and her husband (if any). To continue with the process, they both must agree to the parental order in writing.
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