Re G (unregulated artificial conception)

Minor – Removal outside jurisdiction. The parties were a same sex couple. One of the couple had conceived a baby by means of an internet sperm donor. Once the baby was two months old she took the baby back to Ireland, where she was from. Ms L, the other member of the couple, issued two applications in the English court. First for permission to apply for a residence order and a contact order under the Children Act 1989 and secondly for declarations that at the point of the child's departure from England, Ms L was acting as her 'psychological parent' and that they shared family life within the meaning of art 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Family Division made a declaration that at the date of the child's removal from England family life within the meaning of art 8 of the Convention existed between the couple. In accordance with art 17 of Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003, the court had no jurisdiction in relation to matters of parental responsibility concerning the child.

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