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Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2019-10-17T02:06:43+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, infertility, Northern Territory, NSW, qualifying for surrogacy, Queensland, South Australia, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Tasmania, Victoria, WA|

Do I qualify for surrogacy in Australia? The first step when determining whether, as an intended parent, you qualify for surrogacy in Australia, is to work out which laws apply to you. The laws of the State where the intended [...]

So You Want to Be a Surrogate?

By |2019-10-19T10:48:37+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, amazing surrogacy, Australia, blog, I want to be a surrogate, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

So you want to be a surrogate? I remember when I first considered becoming a surrogate - searching everywhere for information and ending up down many an internet rabbit hole. I was excited and nervous; my husband was skeptical. How [...]

Will the Surrogate Ask For Money?

By |2019-08-28T00:26:46+00:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Will the surrogate ask for money? We know that surrogacy is altruistic in Australia. That means that payment of any type, or a reward or material benefit, is illegal. That includes cash payments as well as large gifts like a [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-10-17T03:00:26+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Do you want to do your Parentage Order yourself? By the time you have your baby in your arms, you’ve spent considerable money on IVF, legal expenses, counselling and pregnancy and birth expenses for your surrogate…not to mention decorating the [...]

Birth Certificates and Surrogacy: Recognition or Erasure?

By |2019-10-15T08:54:41+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, law reform, surrogacy laws|

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about birth certificates, and donor conception and surrogacy, after attending the AFCC Conference in Sydney and listening to many donor-conceived people speak about their experiences and identity. What is a birth certificate? According to [...]

Surrogacy as Motherhood: The Inalienable Right to Choose

By |2019-10-04T23:28:07+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, feminism, surrogacy laws|

I spoke at the Melbourne Law School's Health Law and Ethics Network seminar this week, on the subject of surrogacy and ethics. Below is my speech. Thank you for having me and giving me the opportunity to speak about my [...]

The Surrogacy Process in Australia

By |2019-11-01T08:39:36+00:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, qualifying for surrogacy, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

The Surrogacy Process in Australia is similar in all States, and applies to all arrangements regardless of how the parties know each other or their relationship with each other. Before proceeding past step one, you should find out if you [...]

South Australia Surrogacy Law Reform Update

By |2019-11-01T20:30:21+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy South Australia - Law Reform Update, November 2019 South Australia has reviewed its surrogacy laws and now passed the Surrogacy Bill - you can read the full Bill here. The Bill has passed both Houses and awaits Royal Assent, [...]

When Surrogacy Isn’t Really Surrogacy

By |2019-10-14T23:51:38+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

The surrogacy laws and other laws surrounding children, adoption and parentage is complex. There are several laws that cover children, and the Family Law Act dedicates almost 200 pages to clauses regarding children’s issues. There’s also many cases that give [...]

Why Aren’t Surrogacy Agreements Enforceable?

By |2019-07-02T10:06:08+00:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, written agreements|

Somewhere in the Top 10 Questions about Surrogacy is: Why aren’t surrogacy agreements enforceable? The answer is both simple and complex, and comes back to two primary concepts. Firstly, the rights and best interests of the child are paramount. You [...]

Surrogacy Laws in Australia

By |2019-11-03T05:59:52+00:00March 21st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy Laws Australia Are you exploring your options for growing your family through surrogacy? Below is an overview of Australian surrogacy laws as they stand today. There are currently no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory. There is law reform [...]

Overseas Surrogacy

By |2019-09-11T05:34:46+00:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: America, blog, Canada, overseas, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Ukraine|

Do you need an Australian lawyer to assist you with your overseas surrogacy journey? The short answer is, mostly not. You can engage a lawyer in your destination country, who will guide you through the Surrogacy and Donor Agreements. You [...]

Surrogate Age Limits

By |2019-10-24T03:36:18+00:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

Surrogate Age Limits There are some surrogate age limits applied to surrogacy in Australia, and each State has it's own requirements and restrictions. In most States, the surrogate must be over 25 years of age. In the ACT, the surrogate [...]

Commercial Surrogacy and Parentage Orders

By |2019-06-11T11:17:08+00:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: America, blog, commercial surrogacy, NSW, overseas, Parentage Order, Queensland, surrogacy laws|

People entering into commercial surrogacy overseas are often anxious to know about returning home to Australia with their baby, any consequences, and whether they need to get court orders when they return to Australia. Parentage Orders are made to transfer [...]

Applying for a Parentage Order

By |2019-09-10T10:08:53+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, interstate surrogacy, Parentage Order, parenthood, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate, written agreements|

After a baby is born through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, a Parentage Order is required to transfer parentage from the surrogate and her partner to the intended parents. When the baby is born, the surrogate and her partner register the [...]

Parenting Orders and Parentage Orders

By |2019-06-11T04:55:41+00:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, America, Australia, blog, Canada, overseas, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, Ukraine|

Parentage Orders are made to transfer parentage from a surrogate and her partner, to the intended parents. These are made in State Courts. These Orders provide for the Birth Certificate to be changed, removing the surrogate and her partner, and [...]

Surrogacy in the ACT

By |2019-11-20T02:00:47+00:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in the Australian Capital Territory is regulated by the Parentage Act 2004.  If you are an intended parent living in the ACT, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of the Australian Capital Territory. This is [...]

Surrogacy in New South Wales

By |2019-11-20T01:40:43+00:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, NSW, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in New South Wales is regulated by the Surrogacy Act 2010.  If you are an intended parent living in NSW, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of New South Wales. This is the case, even [...]

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory

By |2019-11-20T01:59:26+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, law reform, Northern Territory, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory is neither legal or illegal. This is because there are no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory at all. All the States and the ACT have their own surrogacy laws, but the NT has none. [...]

Surrogacy in Queensland

By |2019-11-20T01:59:19+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Queensland, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws|

If you are an intended parent living in Queensland or a surrogate carrying for Queensland intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2010 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in QLD includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in South Australia

By |2019-11-20T01:57:14+00:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, blog, South Australia, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in South Australia. If you are an intended parent living in South Australia or a surrogate carrying for South Australian intended parents, the new Surrogacy Bill 2019 applies to you and will come into effect in 2020. The criteria for [...]

Surrogacy in Tasmania

By |2019-11-20T02:00:50+00:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Tasmania|

If you are an intended parent living in Tasmania or a surrogate carrying for Tasmanian intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2012 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in Tasmania includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in Victoria

By |2019-11-20T01:57:11+00:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

Surrogacy is legal in Victoria, and every State in Australia. Victorian surrogacy arrangements are regulated by the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. The law is currently being reviewed, and expected to be reformed in the coming year. Read more about [...]

Surrogacy Lawyer Melbourne

By |2019-08-19T23:38:03+00:00August 5th, 2019|Categories: surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Victoria|

Surrogacy Lawyer Melbourne Sarah Jefford is a family and surrogacy lawyer in Melbourne, practising across Australia. If you are entering into a surrogacy or donor arrangement in Victoria, Sarah can provide assistance to the intended parents or the surrogate and [...]

Victorian Surrogacy Law Reform: We Made It Happen!

By |2019-07-13T10:39:48+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: law reform, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Victoria|

I'm a law nerd really, so the idea of law reform and particularly those laws that affect me, is pretty exciting. The Victorian Review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, has finally concluded, and the Report released this week. Recommendations [...]

Conception, Consent and Death

By |2019-10-11T00:49:20+00:00October 8th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, sperm donor, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Conception, Consent and Death I've been thinking a lot about death lately. A few things have led to this - watching Old People's Home for 4 Year Olds on the ABC, and donating my eggs again. Life, death, and taxes [...]

Gift Giving in Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-10-15T09:26:29+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

Gift Giving in Surrogacy Arrangements One of the first questions asked by surrogates and intended parents, is whether the intended parents can give gifts to their surrogate, or her family members, without compromising the surrogacy agreement or the Parentage Order [...]

Hospital Management of a Surrogacy Pregnancy and Birth

By |2019-10-12T10:17:45+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, birth and beyond, blog, induced lactation, Parentage Order, pregnancy, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

There are such a low number of surrogacy births in Australia each year (somewhere between 50 and 70 in total), that it is no surprise that many hospitals will rarely come across a surrogacy birth. As a result, hospital surrogacy [...]

Sperm Donor or Dad – the case of Masson and Parsons

By |2019-09-25T00:19:20+00:00June 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, written agreements|

Sperm Donor or Dad? If you are a single woman or in a same sex couple considering growing your family through sperm donation, you may have followed the case of Masson & Parsons and Anors with interest. The family law [...]

Joe Donor and the Consequences of Online Conception

By |2019-09-10T07:25:32+00:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: blog, donor agreement, donor conception, egg donation, infertility, ivf, lgbtiq+, sperm donor, surrogacy laws, Victoria, written agreements|

Sperm donation options in Australia vary from friends and family, to online connections or clinic-recruited donors. If you watched  60 Minutes recently you'd know all about Joe Donor - the American man who claims to have donated sperm to over 800 [...]

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