In Queensland, only non-commercial surrogacy arrangements are legal. The laws in Australia with regards to surrogacy vary between States and Territories, so it is vital to obtain legal advice from an Accredited Family Law Specialist prior to entering into a surrogacy arrangement.
Under the Family Law Act 1975, the child’s ‘intended parents’ have the same rights as a biological parent if a Parentage Order is made by the Court, but not prior, so it is important to seek legal advice to provide advice in relation to your rights and entitlements. There are a range of steps that must be followed to be successful in obtaining a Parentage Order.
A child is adopted by definition when the legal rights and responsibilities for them are permanently transferred from their birth parents to adoptive parents.
Adoption in the State of Queensland is legal for heterosexual couples, same sex couples and single parents. Legislation around Australia can differ so you should obtain independent legal advice about your options.
Director, Shannon Daykin, designed a bespoke, collaborative process for clients to negotiate on the transfer of rights and responsibilities for a child, reaching agreement during a Birth Mother’s pregnancy and guiding clients to obtaining legally binding parenting orders.
This is a process that requires expert skill, sensitivity and technical know-how. To find out more about parenting orders from birth, click here.
For more information on the alternative pathways to parenthood or to make an appointment for a consultation with Daykin Family Law by phone or at our Fortitude Valley, Brisbane office, contact us today.