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WHY DO INTENDED PARENTS GO ABROAD FOR SURROGACY?

Richard Westoby shares his personal and professional experience on going abroad to start his own family.

EXPERT: Richard Westoby

It is a common misconception that surrogacy in the UK is illegal. It isn’t! Intended parents cannot pay a surrogate a fee or pay more than reasonable expenses incurred during the pregnancy process.

But how much is reasonable? This is clearly open for interpretation but from what I understand this number seems to be around the £15-18,000 mark.

In addition, surrogacy agencies cannot make money from arranging a commercial surrogacy transaction. That doesn’t mean they can’t exist in the UK, they just have to be not-for-profit. Add to that the fact surrogacy contracts are unenforceable you then have a scenario that means whatever is agreed between the intended parent and the surrogate is purely trust based.

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