Natalie Gamble Associates

UK parenthood

Resources: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 deals with parenthood law in surrogacy cases.  Sections 33 to 53 set out who are treated as the legal parents when a child is born.  Section 54 sets out the rules on parental orders.

Court form: C51 (parental order application form)

This is the court form you will need to complete and send to the family court if you wish to apply for a parental order.

Court form: C52 (parental order acknowledgement form)

This is the court form which is completed and signed by a surrogate (and her spouse) to confirm that they have been sent a copy of the parental order application.

Resources: CAFCASS guidance for parental order reporters

This guidance published by the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is the reference point for parental order reporters.