Does the surrogate have rights to the child?

If you use a surrogate, they will be the child’s legal parent at birth. If you give birth to a child, you’re always considered the legal mother in UK law even when using a donated egg. If the surrogate is married or in a civil partnership, their spouse or civil partner will be the child’s second parent at birth, unless they did not give their permission. Legal parenthood can be transferred by parental order or adoption after the child is born. If there is disagreement about who the child’s legal parents should be, the courts will make a decision based on the best interests of the child. More information can be found on GOV.UK.