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At Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers we only work in the area of family law. We are leading lawyers with the experience, the skill and the dedication to make sure you are guided and supported through the separation and divorce process. We have specialist Pre-Nuptial Agreement Lawyers available to help you with any Binding Financial Agreements.
Our team is headed by an Accredited Specialist in Family Law, and so you can be certain we will provide you with the skill and expertise you require.
Our emphasis is on providing you with advice you can understand in a straightforward, down-to-earth manner. You will get the personalised friendly service that only our boutique, specialist firm can offer.
Commercial surrogacy is where a commercial arrangement is entered into between the intended parents and the birth mother. This usually involves a payment in return for the surrogacy where the birth mother will gain a profit. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in most Australian states and territories and in many other countries.
By contrast altruistic surrogacy is where the birth mother volunteers to act as surrogate without payment for such. Reimbursement for certain expenses such as medical and legal expenses is however allowed. If you are unsure as to what is considered commercial payment you should discuss this with your lawyer.
International surrogacy is an altruistic or commercial surrogacy arrangement where the surrogate mother is in a country outside of Australia. These arrangements need to be entered into with caution as they may not fulfil the requirements for a grant of a Parentage Order in New South Wales or Australia. This may be for a numerous reasons including that the parties did not receive the requisite counselling or legal advice before entering into the arrangement, or that the arrangement is deemed a commercial surrogacy.
Additionally, it is currently an offence in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland to enter into an international surrogacy arrangement with potential penalties of significant fines and terms of imprisonment.
Sarah Bevan Family Lawyers has acted for many clients who are based overseas. We are able to communicate with you through email, video conference and telephone to ensure that you are kept informed and able to properly participate in your family law case.
Where your case involves an international aspect, there are often complicating factors which require specialist family lawyers with experience of international matters. We have that experience, together with close links with numerous law firms throughout the world.
Some of the cases in which we have acted include:
Providing advice to determine which is the most appropriate and beneficial country in which to conduct the case where there are assets in more than one country;
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