Proceedings concerned with one child A who is 3 years of age. His biological mother is M, the First Applicant, and his biological father is F, the Second Applicant.
A was born as a result of a surrogacy agreement in which his mother’s and father’s gametes were used. The surrogate mother is SM, the First Respondent.
Shortly after A’s birth the mother made an application for him to be made a ward of court. HHJ George confirmed the wardship, granted care and control of A to the mother and made an order preventing the father from removing A from his mother’s care.
The mother made an application for a parental order as a single parent: the surrogate mother and the father were respondents to this application. This was before the amendment of the 2008 Act to permit applications by a single applicant and, therefore the application was stayed. After the provisions of s.54A of the 2008 Act came into effect the stay was lifted.
The Hon Mr Justice Keehan
 EWHC 1426 (Fam)
England and Wales
Updated: 03 February 2022; Ref: scu.655254