Becoming the child's legal parent
Surrogacy is when someone else carries and gives birth to a baby for the intended parents.
If you use a surrogate, the surrogate will be the child’s legal parent at birth.
You must apply to become the legal parent within 6 months of the child's birth to get surrogacy rights, leave and pay.
You must apply for:
- a parental order – if one intended parent is genetically related to the child
- an adoption order – if the intended parents are not genetically related to the child
If you apply for an adoption order, the rules for adoption are different.
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