A couple who paid thousands of pounds to a surrogate mother they had met over the internet have lost their legal battle to make her hand over the baby because it would not be in the child’s interest.

A couple who paid thousands of pounds to a surrogate mother they had met over the internet have lost their legal battle to make her hand over the baby because it would not be in the child’s interest.

Refusing the father’s application for a residence order, Mr Justice Baker ruled in CW v NT [2001] EWHC 33 (Fam) that the welfare of the baby girl, known as T and now five months’ old, required her to remain with the mother.

“There is a clear attachment between mother and daughter,” the judge said, before adding: “To remove her from her mother’s care would cause a measure of harm. It is the mother who, I find, is better able to meet T’s needs.”

The couple, known as Mr and Mrs W, posted their details on a surrogacy ...

Jean Yves

IICJ

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