K v L and another

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. There was no requirement in s 54(2) of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 that the applicants for a parental order had to be in an enduring family relationship at the time of the making of the application and the making of the order. Accordingly, the Family Court made a parental order in favour of the applicant surrogate parents of a child (N). The court held that, it was clear the applicants had been in an enduring family relationship at the time they had made their application, and that, even though they had been living in separate homes since August 2018, N had always been with one of them since then and, as a result, her home had been with them, under s 54(4) of the Act, albeit divided between two properties.

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