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LGBT Parents

Like other parents, LGBT parents just want to be able to create their own families. However, surrogacy, adoption, assisted conception, co-parenting – all require careful planning and a considerable emotional and financial investment. If you are trans it might be even more complicated as you consider storing eggs or sperm to use post-transition. And then factor in homophobic and transphobic prejudice and abuse … It may not be straightforward.

We offer two bespoke sets of services for LGBT parents

  • Creating Your Modern LGBT Family; and
  • Resolving Modern LGBT Family Disputes.

Each of these services are delivered by our specialist family lawyers with expertise and empathy.

Creating Your Modern LGBT Family

Creating Modern LGBT Families is about creating or adding to your modern family by:

  • Adoption
  • Assisted Conception
  • Child Arrangements Order
  • Special Guardianship Order
  • Surrogacy

Creating your Modern Family is about agreement and collaboration between you and people you love and trust. It is also about what we can do to help you put your shared vision for your family into legal reality.

Resolving Modern Family Disputes

Resolving Modern Family Disputes for LGBT parents is about what to do when things don’t go as planned, for example when a surrogate changes her mind or an adoption is opposed by birth parents or discussions with a sperm donor about the role he should play in the child’s life have broken down. We strongly believe that it is always better to keep talking and keep trying to resolve things rather than start a battle, if it can be avoided. However, rest assured that we will robustly pursue your case if negotiation doesn’t work.

Resolving Modern Family Disputes includes:

  • Abduction & International Family Proceedings
  • Adoption
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Care Proceedings
  • Change of Name
  • Child Arrangements Order
  • Parental Responsibility
  • Prohibited Steps Order
  • Relocation
  • Special Guardianship Order
  • Specific Issue Order
  • Surrogacy
  • Wardship & Inherent Jurisdiction

Our specialist family lawyers will advise, represent and support you through any contested family proceedings. Our service will be bespoke. Our aim will be to secure the outcome you seek without destroying family relationships along the way.

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