Sarah Jefford is a family and surrogacy lawyer living in Melbourne with her partner, Troy, and their two children, Archie and Raf. Sarah was an IVF mum, and later became an egg donor and a surrogate, giving birth to baby Darcey in 2018 for two Dads in Melbourne. Sarah had an amazing surrogacy experience as a surrogate, and she can help you do the same.
Sarah was shortlisted for the Lawyer’s Weekly Women in Law Awards 2019 in two categories – Thought Leader and Sole Practitioner of the Year.
Sarah advocates for positive, empowered, best practice altruistic surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provides support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy. Sarah focuses on promoting the best interests of the child and the bodily autonomy of the surrogate, and supporting parties to build a relationship that lasts. Sarah practices surrogacy law across Australia.
Sarah can assist with Donor Agreements and Co-Parenting Agreements for donor and modern family arrangements.
Sarah is also an experienced family lawyer, having assisted separating couples with parenting arrangements, property settlements and intervention orders for over a decade. Sarah has worked as a Duty Lawyer, and is a trained family dispute resolution practitioner. Sarah can assist with all areas of family law.
Sarah has published The Australian Surrogacy Handbook, a guide for intended parents and surrogates starting out on their journey. Sarah also produces The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, sharing stories from intended parents and surrogates from around Australia.
Get to know Sarah
Clarissa Rayward interviewed Sarah for the Happy Lawyer Podcast, about Sarah’s experiences as a lawyer and as a surrogate.
Sarah chatted with Sheridon Byrne, Doula, about her surrogacy experience.
Sarah was interviewed for the Mamas on a Mission Podcast
Our Happy Clients
Sarah was extremely helpful, knowledgeable & made the complex and challenging surrogacy process much easier for us! She was very accessible, easy to deal with, personable, and importantly knew all the answers to our many questions. We would highly recommend her!
Sarah is friendly and professional, and it’s so convenient being able to have appointments over the phone or via Skype.
Sarah has a wealth of knowledge in surrogacy laws throughout Australia. Our journey unfortunately hasn’t been an easy one, but we were guided and supported by Sarah’s expertise. Her understanding, communication and empathy throughout the process has been very much appreciated. We’d definitely recommend others to use Sarah’s legal services. Thank you so much Sarah for what you have done for us, we are truly grateful
Sarah is a guru when it comes to surrogacy law in Australia! She’s professional, a wealth of knowledge, thorough and compassionate. And she can consult via Skype which is invaluable to potential clients nationwide!
Our Happy Clients
Sarah has a great knack of understanding people, is compassionate and driven to provide the best advice and outcome possible for her clients.
Thank you so much for all your help, expertise and support. It’s been such a relief to know I’ve been in such good hands as I’ve gone through the legal system.