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Alternative Families

Coram offers leading family law services with barristers specialising in alternative families and surrogacy.

The Coram Alternative Families Team is working at the forefront of family law to meet the needs of modern families. We are renowned for our experience and expertise in the complex issues that can arise in relation to alternative families. Our alternative families barristers have acted in  leading cases on surrogacy, adoption, same-sex parenting, parental declarations, and assisted reproduction law, and have been pivotal in how the law in relation to alternative families has developed. We also act in property and financial disputes arising in alternative families, such as pre-civil partnership agreements, nuptial agreements in same-sex marriages, financial remedies on dissolution of civil partnerships or divorce, and TOLATA disputes between cohabiting partners. Some of our reported cases include:

  • DM and LK [2016] EWHC 270 (Fam) (13 January 2016) [surrogacy]
  • A & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam) (11 September 2015) [declaration of parentage]
  • A & B (No 1 -Fact finding judgment) [2015] EWHC 1059 (Fam) (20 April 2015) [surrogacy]
  • A & B (No 2 -Parental Order) [2015] EWHC 2080 (Fam) (17 July 2015) [surrogacy]


The Coram Alternative Families Team approaches all of its cases with professionalism, commitment, and sensitivity. Many of our members are active in the LGBTQ+ community, both professionally and personally, and we are all committed to equality and diversity. The Coram Alternative Families Team strives to provide excellent representation that is tailored to our clients’ individual needs, whether a relationship is breaking down or a new family is beginning.