The Children and Families Act 2015 introduced some rights for same sex parents and those planning parenthood. This included extending the right to apply for Guardianship to non-biological parents, provided they are married, civilly partnered or co-habiting with the child’s other parent, and they have been parenting the child for more than 2 years. The right to apply to Adopt was also extended to civil partners and co-habitants by the Act.

Provisions in the 2015 Act which will allow certain female non-birth parents to be recognised as legal parents of their children, come into operation on 4th May 2020. This will mean that female same-sex parents that meet these provisions will be able to be named on their child’s birth certificate. See our FAQ document in useful downloads for more information.

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