Deciding to have children may well be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your life.
Unfortunately, becoming a parent is not always straight-forward. Some couples may have trouble conceiving for medical reasons, and same-sex couples in WA and the rest of Australia still face significant legal hurdles in becoming parents.
If you find yourself in this situation, it is imperative that you receive timely and correct legal advice about the pathways to parenthood available to you.
Surrogacy is one of these pathways and DS Family Law can guide you through the process.
In Western Australia, surrogacy is only available to single women and heterosexual couples who are unable to conceive for medical reasons or are at risk of conceiving a child with a genetic abnormality or disease.
Please consult our page “Surrogacy in WA” for a comprehensive legal guide on this complex area of law.
It is not uncommon for members of the LGBTIQ community to attempt to enter into arrangements between themselves to conceive children, without understanding the relevant legal framework and associated consequences.
For example, a gay man who provides sperm to a lesbian friend in Western Australia will not be legally considered the father of the resulting child, regardless of their intentions.
Before you embark on one of the most wonderful journeys of your life, let’s meet and make sure that your plans for parenthood are legal.
Let’s meet, and figure it out
For practical advice about what you should do next, please call to arrange a no-obligation initial consultation.