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Surrogacy, who needs a lawyer and why?

Surrogacy, who needs a lawyer and why?

Using surrogacy to build a family is becoming more common and is, of course, legal in the UK. Those engaging in surrogacy here in the UK are free to make arrangements between themselves, but sadly this does sometimes go wrong and without clarity, or a legal document or clinic intervention, it can become complex. There are specific rules and processes that parties involved in surrogacy arrangements must be aware of and strictly adhere to.

Legal changes for LGBT families: We will keep fighting the good fight

Fertility lawyer Natalie Gamble celebrates the legal changes that have empowered LGBT families in the UK

As a fertility lawyer who is also a same sex mum through sperm donation (and, of course, a DCN member), I have always been passionate about LGBT family building. My children are now 16 and 13 and I often reflect that their lives span an incredible legal revolution, one during which LGBT families like ours have been taken from legal invisibility to legal inclusion. Here are some of the most significant milestones:

Feeling Good: What helps children & teenagers feel good about themselves as donor conceived people?

What makes us the sort of people that we are? How much are we influenced by our parents when it is our parents who bring us up? How much is down to our genes? And how much is down to the environment that we live in?
This is a summary of Marilyn Crawshaw’s presentation to the DC Network Meeting held in Birmingham on 2 October 2004

Being a Family: Raising children well

This is the talk given at the 2003 March national meeting in London by Mary MacLeod, then Chief Executive of the National Family and Parenting Institute. The feeling at the meeting was that this was an exceptionally powerful and valuable address, and so we have decided that everyone should have the opportunity to read the full text.  It remains a profound and very moving read.