Parenting and children law in the UK

Diverse family structures are a modern reality.  Many families are created through assisted conception using donor eggs and sperm, surrogacy, adoption or re-structured following relationship breakdown and have non traditional formations, including:

  • Solo mother families (conception with a known/sperm bank donor)
  • Same sex families (lesbian or gay)
  • Co-parenting families
  • Separated families (following divorce, civil partnership dissolution, relationship breakdown)
  • Families formed through adoption
  • Families formed through legal guardianship

Increasing numbers of families involve adults who are not legal parents in their children’s lives, including grandparents, new partners, known donors and co-parents.  They may play an important and active part in a child’s life and legal status can be conferred upon them in law in appropriate circumstances.

How I can help

I can provide help with:

  • Obtaining and protecting autonomous legal parenthood for a child (eg to protect the legal status of a solo mother or a lesbian couple conceiving with a known donor)
  • Acquisition of legal parenthood (eg for intended parents through surrogacy, non birth lesbian mothers, co-parents) including court proceedings for a parental order and adoption
  • Legal representation in a dispute about legal status or rights for a child (eg with a known donor or a former partner)
  • Other family law issues, including financial and relationship matters
  • Specialist Wills appointing legal guardians for a child

You can learn more about children and parenting, family and fertility law in the UK at Michelmores’ specialist website at  You can also contact me to discuss your situation in more detail by telephone +44 (0)207 788 6382 or by email