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Adoption and Surrogacy

Adoption laws

One of the most important objectives of parents who adopt a child is to ensure legal certainty both for the child as well as themselves. Adoption is fairly uncommon in WA and many different elements of Family Law may be relevant, depending on your circumstances.

Leach Legal has worked in this area for many years and is able to provide informed guidance on the adoption process, both to heterosexual couples as well as to same sex couples. To discuss your own situation, call us for a free, 15 minute telephone consultation on (08) 9486 9733.

Surrogacy

Surrogacy is when a woman carries and gives birth to the baby of another person or couple. Infertility, failed IVF or the fact that a person is single or in a same sex relationship, are main reasons for exploring surrogacy. In Australia, the most common form of surrogacy is when an embryo, grown from the sperm and egg of the intended parents, is carried by a surrogate.

The Surrogacy Act 2008 sets out legal requirements for non-commercial surrogacy arrangements. Unsurprisingly, it is a complex area of law. A surrogate mother must meet certain requirements and all parties must obtain independent legal advice and be fully aware of the legal consequences of surrogacy.

International surrogacy, offered usually in developing countries, is open to exploitation by predators and for this reason there have been calls for it to be outlawed.

Commercial surrogacy, where a woman is paid to be a surrogate, is banned in Australia.

Our team of experienced, professional, Perth family lawyers are here to help with your adoption/surrogacy plans. Phone us for a free, phone consultation on (08) 9486 9733.

 

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