Queensland Family and Fertility Support

Narelle Dickinson, Clinical and Health Psychologist

Cross border surrogacy

Implications of the recent interpretation of who is a “parent” by the Australian Family Court in cross border surrogacy matters are starting to become more clear.  For this family, who were living in the USA at the time that they engaged in a surrogacy arrangement,  the parents are Australian citizens (and therefore can only live in the USA for a limited period) but their children were born as US citizens (and therefore can only enter Australia on tourist visas).

We are bound to see more and more of these beuqacratic disasters in the coming months, and it only reinforces the importance of really seriously considering the implications of heading overseas for surrogacy.  It also really reinforces the importance of the Australian government revisiting the structure under which surrogacy can be done at home For the full storyhttp://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-21/australian-surrogacy-laws-leave-6-month-old-twins-in-legal-limbo/9047246?pfmredir=sm

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