For many intended parents in Ireland, starting a family is not a straightforward process. Sometimes alternative options such as pregnancy, IVF or adoption, are not possible, therefore having a child through surrogacy is the best solution.
Surrogacy, in its simplest terms, involves a surrogate carrying a child on someone else’s behalf. Surrogacy is not legally recognised in Ireland. That does not that mean it is illegal. But what it does mean is that couples who choose to have a child through an Irish surrogate, will be doing so in a country where it is unregulated. For example, in Irish law, it is the surrogate who is considered the mother and guardian. And if she is married, her husband is presumed to be the father. For this reason, many intended parents choose to explore surrogacy abroad in countries where it is regulated, providing a safer and more reassuring experience for parents from shortly before conception, to birth.
If you are considering having a child through surrogacy, it is important that you seek legal advice from the outset to ensure you and your family’s interests are optimised and protected legally. Careful planning and preparation in advance of your child’s birth will ensure the process of taking your child out of that country and home to Ireland, is as smooth as stress free as possible.
If surrogacy is something you are strongly considering, or if you simply would like to learn more about it, please contact our office to arrange a consultation.
Elaine O’Sullivan, Solicitor, can assist you in all areas of Irish Immigration and Surrogacy Law. If you have a query you can contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or on +353 (0) 1 873 5012.
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