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The Legal and Emotional Risks of Surrogacy

by Bree Staines on October 15, 2016

Bree Staines

It was recently reported in national media that a Queensland family was enduring an emotional and legal nightmare after the breakdown of the surrogacy relationship between the intended mother and the women pregnant with the child. Whether it was the effects of pregnancy and hormones, or the unexpected reality of what was taking place, the emotional distress by both the … Read more

Daniel Rod

A recent decision in the Family Court of Australia, Blaze & Anor & Grady & Anor [2015] FamCA 1064, highlights the immense difficulties that same sex couples face in parenting matters, especially those involving surrogacy.

Rather than repeating the law of surrogacy in Australia, covered very well by my colleague Bree Stains, I direct you to her article for an … Read more

Surrogacy and Parentage

by Bree Staines on June 30, 2016

Bree Staines

After over a year since the infamous “Baby Gammy” surrogacy case, controversy still surrounds Thailand’s surrogacy laws. A homosexual Spanish couple are fighting to have their daughter born to a Thai surrogate after the surrogate has started a legal battle to keep the child. After the baby Gammy case, Thailand no longer accepts surrogacy arrangements from Australians, and average cost … Read more

To Give the Gift of Life (Surrogacy)

by Natasha Heathcote on May 20, 2016

Natasha Heathcote

Surrogacy is a growing field in our modern world of technology. There are many ways in which persons can have a family, naturally, IVF, foster care, adoption and surrogacy.

For someone else to assist you in having a family is immeasurable.

Surrogacy laws are state based and in NSW are governed by the Surrogacy Act 2010 and via the Supreme … Read more

Peter Magee

Gone are the days when the nuclear family was the assumed norm. Today families come in many different shapes and sizes. Shifts in community attitudes to divorce, same-sex de facto relationships, single parent families and blended families, not to mention the rapidly changing nature of reproductive technology, have all contributed to this shift. The concept of “family” is broader than … Read more

Indian Law Dashes Surrogacy Hopes

by Peter Magee on March 7, 2013

Peter Magee

Until recently India has been an incredibly popular destination for Australian couples wishing to produce a child through surrogacy. It has a thriving surrogacy industry, so much so that the Australian High Commission in India has published online a guide as to how new parents through surrogacy in India may obtain citizenship for their child. The primary reason for India’s … Read more

Surrogacy laws passed through NSW Parliament

by Peter Magee on November 22, 2010

Laws giving parents of children born through surrogacy legal recognition have been passed by NSW parliament.  Under these laws, couples will be able to apply to the court for orders which recognise their parental responsibility for children born though surrogacy.  Previously such rights were only able to be recognised through either adoption or a sharing of parental responsibility.

The new … Read more

Peter Magee
The New South Wales government is due to consider proposed laws in relation to surrogacy – that is a woman carrying and giving birth to a baby for another person or a couple.  The proposed laws will maintain that commercial surrogacy, that is a surrogacy arrangement for money, is illegal. (SMH 28/09/10)

Rather, the laws will deal with the rights … Read more