With headlines such as “Liam Payne calls in divorce lawyers to advise how to protect his £54m from Cheryl and still have access to his son…”, it is not surprising that there remains confusion about unmarried couples’ rights. So what is the position when a couple who are not married separate? Is there such a thing as “common law marriage”?
As Tom Daley has discovered, UK law is a minefield and not supportive of commercial arrangements; the same cannot be said for his husband’s homeland, the USA, where in many states commercial surrogacy is legal.
Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have a child. However, anybody in the UK who is planning to have a child through a surrogacy arrangement should bear in mind that whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, it is under a very different culture and is enshrined in a philosophy that surrogacy should not be commercial.