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#1

So my quick question is: are all of the following things 100% accurate with surrogacy process in the UK? ~
The woman who gives birth is always treated as the mother in UK law 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.
Surrogacy contracts aren’t enforced by UK law (Even if you’ve a signed deal with your surrogate and have paid for her expenses.) It’s illegal to pay a surrogate in the UK, except for their reasonable expenses. The child’s legal father or ‘second parent’ will be the surrogate’s husband or partner unless: legal rights are given to someone else through a parental order or adoption; the surrogate’s husband or civil partner didn’t give their permission to their wife or partner.
If your surrogate has no partner, or they’re unmarried and not in a civil partnership, the child will have no legal father or second parent unless the partner actively consents.
Thank you!


#2

Before going straight for pregnancy a surrogate has to undergo extensive medical testing. Usually these are gynecological examinations, blood tests, and screening for various sexually-transmitted diseases among many others. She also has to go through psychological screening to make sure she’s mentally healthy. Usually a surrogate is given continual counseling along with the parents. In countries where commercial surrogacy is legal like Ukraine a surrogate will have zero parental rights over the child. It may only require some paperwork so that you can be legally named parents of the child. All you need to worry about is acquiring an exit visa for the child. Before going into the actual process with a clinic make sure your agency/clinic performs regular checks and ‘home visits’ on the surrogate since you can’t be there physically to do it on your own.


#3

The UK is not set up for surrogacy. Though the aspects of surrogacy which are illegal there are:
You cannot advertise that you are looking for a surrogate mother. And it is a criminal offence for a third party to provide matching services for profit. If you decide on a US surrogacy route, you will sign a surrogacy contract which is legally binding in the USA.The specifics of how the law works will depend on the law of the state where your surrogate lives, but in most US states there is some kind of court process to go through to ratify the agreement and enable you to be recorded as the parents on your child’s US birth certificate. However, you will still need your surrogate’s consent to become the legal parents in the UK after your child is born. It is therefore equally important that your relationship is one of trust and confidence. At birth, UK law treats your surrogate as your child’s legal mother. If she is married or in a civil partnership, her spouse or civil partner will be your child’s other parent. If she is not married, you (or one of you if you are a couple) might be the other legal parent, but the rules are complicated. The law applies irrespective of who the biological parents are, and of any foreign birth certificate or court order. It means that any foreign birth certificate you have which names you both as the parents will not be recognised for the purposes of UK law!!! To escape such complications I’d obviously look onto surrogacy in eastern Europe. Ukraine is one of those having high success rates.