Fertility laws change from country to country and depends on a variety of circumstances and specific regulations.
— Anastasia Herman LL.M

It is mandatory to explore legislation of your home country as well as the law of the state where you consider to have fertility journey. Our law office provides consulting taking into consideration particularities, current legislation and solutions in your best interests.

If you are UK citizens, please Request a Consultation on surrogacy and we will happily share out expertise with you!


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United Kingdom

Commercial surrogacy is not legal in UK thus surrogacy abroad is legal for the British nationalities where commercial surrogacy is legal.  

In the UK, altruistic surrogacy is legal. You may pay ‘reasonable expenses’ to the surrogate which you can reimburse her for as “constitutes reasonable expenses varies”. Typical expenses include medical expenses; travel to and from clinics, scans, medication, supplements etc.  However, often a payment is agreed for the complete arrangement and paid in installments over 9 months.  A surrogacy agreement is not enforceable in the UK and the Intended Parents must apply to the court to both become legal parents for the child.  Until then, the surrogate is the legal mother and if she is married or in a civil partnership, her husband is the second legal parent.

Many couples looking for surrogacy abroad since it is difficult to match with a surrogate in United Kingdom and even when a match is found, the legal framework is not sufficient to provide IP’s with enough security that they will become the legal parents.

If you are looking abroad, you need to research how you can return home with the child and become legal parents. Other factors to consider include cost and duration spent in the destination post birth waiting for the child’s passport.

The decision about where your child should live and who the legal parents are, is determined by legislation in England and not by the legislation in the destination where the surrogacy takes place. You need to be sure that you are acting within the law of the country where surrogacy will take place. To be sure of that, get advice from a surrogacy lawyer.

Nowadays Ukraine is unique destination for fertility treatment which is quite popular among UK citizens. Specialists of Anastasia Herman law office are glad to share their knowledge and experience within legal process that will make each step of your surrogacy journey confident and easy.

Anastasia Herman law office assists with legal process for International Intended Parents providing the full range of services. Approachable, confident and highly experienced services are providing to each our client taking into consideration best of child’s’ interests.

If you are UK citizens, please Request a Consultation on surrogacy and we will happily share out expertise with you!