Stonewall warmly welcomes landmark new legal changes for gay parents who have children through surrogacy arrangements. The new legal changes, in force from 6 April, extend equal legal treatment for both unmarried couples and same-sex parents, providing greater certainty for their children.
Until now only married couples have been able to apply for a fast-track court process to grant them legal parenthood. The new Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Parental Orders) Regulations extend the group of people who can apply for a parental order following surrogacy to include both unmarried couples and same-sex partners.
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive said ‘Until now same-sex couples and unmarried heterosexual couples have been obliged to go through a lengthy adoption process in order to become legal parents of their children. This welcome step is legislation catching up with the reality of modern families.’
‘Stonewall lobbied hard in support of the parts of the Human and Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 which extended equal legal recognition to same-sex couples and their families as the legislation passed through Parliament two years ago. These new Regulations rightly make the welfare of the child the paramount consideration of the court when deciding whether to grant a parental order.’