Rights for Intended Parents – Government Announces Planned Change in the Law

Rights for Intended Parents – Government Announces Planned Change in the Law

Those childless couples amongst you who’ve investigated surrogacy may well have come across the issue that parents through surrogacy are currently not entitled to maternity/paternity leave. As a result of pressure from a number of angles, including the request for a Judicial Review (see here for details) on parental rights raised by Surrogacy UK in combination with Natalie Gamble and Leigh Day & Co, the government has announced that this will be changing:

“Intended parents in surrogacy cases who qualify for a Parental Order to become eligible for time off for up to 2 ante-natal appointments, statutory adoption leave and pay, if eligible, flexible parental leave and pay.”

The government will hold consultations on the plans in 2013, with the aim to have the legal framework in place by 2015.

For more details, follow this link, and in particular, this PDF document.

 

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