The High Court Judge concluded that the child’s welfare demanded the making of a Parental Order in favour of the Commissioning Parents. They were described by the experts assisting the court as being “utterly committed to meeting his [the child’s] needs and providing him with the best opportunities throughout his life…..They are extremely child focussed and interact with [the child] constantly. He experiences much emotional warmth and positive reinforcement”. Their approach and attitude to the child’s birth history was said to be “open, positive, educated and child-focussed”.
The Judgment is entirely unremarkable.
It depends on the abilities, time and patience the Commissioning Parents have at their disposal. It depends on how complex is the factual matrix that culminates in the surrogacy arrangement and thence the Parental Order application.
As happened in Mrs Justice Theis’s case, it might be possible for potentially more legally complex issues to be dealt with through the appointment of an Advocate to the Court. Her Ladyship had earlier appointed CAFCASS Legal in that capacity to address the court on whether the Commissioning Parents had the necessary legal connection to
England and . So, the existence of a complicating factor does not always mean that full-scale legal representation will follow. Wales
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It ought to be possible in more straightforward Parental Order applications for Commissioning Parents to agree a fixed-fee with their solicitor.