In a late night session of parliament in June 2012,
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie announced the Queensland
Government's plans to introduce a Bill to drastically limit
Queenslanders' access to surrogacy to have children. The state
had only legalised surrogacy in 2010.
It was proposed that the Bill would repeal the aspects of the
Surrogacy Act allowing single people, same-sex couples and
de facto couples to use altruistic surrogates. This form of
surrogacy, as distinct from commercial surrogacy, involves a
surrogate mother agreeing to carry a child for intended parents
without receiving any payment.
It is now believed that the Bill has been quietly shelved after
moderates in the party expressed dissent at the plans, including
Premier Campbell Newman. The LNP's latest six month plan (which
was released in January) makes no mention of a Surrogacy Bill or
any proposed amendments to the Surrogacy Act.
Cooper Grace Ward's family law team has extensive experience
in assisting clients with surrogacy arrangements and can help you
to comply with the many compulsory legal procedures currently
required of parties hoping to become parents or surrogates in
Surrogacy is a complex issue involving a number of individuals
whose expectations and interests can be very different. Our family
law team, which includes three accredited family law specialists,
is able to draw on its members' expertise to develop a strategy
that best suits your unique circumstances.
Cooper Grace Ward is proud of its commitment to outstanding
client service and gratified to contribute to helping people fulfil
their desire to have children.
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