Partner and surrogacy law specialist Michael Gregory examines international surrogacy arrangements, and how the easing of travel restrictions has affected surrogacy and the modern family.

Michael’s comments were published in The Legal Diary, 22 July 2022, and can be found here.

“In my niche practice of surrogacy and the modern family, I am seeing a sharp uptake in intended parents deciding to travel abroad for international surrogacy arrangements now that travel restrictions have lifted post Covid. Many couples who delayed their pathway to parenthood are now embarking on this journey. 

In June, The Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office updated its guidance on “Surrogacy Overseas” to highlight the complex nature of these arrangements.

It is a concerning trend that some intended parents are not seeking the independent legal advice that is vital, both in the UK and in other countries, before embarking on their journeys and making surrogacy arrangements.”