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 non-biological parents to be recognised as legal parents of their children, born through assisted human reproduction in a clinic, have not been commenced as yet. The Government have recently announced they intend to fully commence this piece of the legislation by May 2020. This will mean that both same sex parents that meet these provisions will be able to be named on their child’s birth certificate.

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