Re Z (Foreign Surrogacy: Allocation of Work: Guidance on Parental Order Reports)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. The Family Court gave guidance on the allocation of cases of international surrogacy; specifically that all applications for parental orders when the child or children were born outside the UK were to be allocated (not transferred) to be heard by a judge of the High Court. The guidance extended to the role and investigations to be carried out by the parental order reporter; specifically that, in order to complete the parental order report, the child had to be seen with the applicants by the reporter to enable her/him to assess the child's welfare satisfactorily, in all circumstances except if there was judged to be sufficient independent evidence.

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