• Family, Relationship and De Facto Law
  • Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Collaborative Law & Mediation
  • Children’s Issues
  • International Law

Our Lawyers are all experienced experts in relationship and family law.Cassandra backs her experience with specialist qualifications as a Queensland Law Society Accredited Family Law Specialist, a Collaborative Lawyer trained to the international standards of the International Academy of Collaborative Practitioners. She also has completed extensive training in mediation with the Bond University Centre for Dispute Resolution, the Leo Cussen Institute & the Australia.

Pullos Lawyers is a new breed of boutique law firm with its primary focus being Family, Relationship and De Facto Law and Alternate Dispute Resolution. Our experienced lawyers practice in these areas as a speciality and have both the legal expertise and the life skills necessary to advise and guide clients through the resolution of the issues that arise on the breakdown of relationships.

We will apply our expertise, underpinned by our core values of integrity, trust and equality to every aspect of your divorce, De Facto dispute and other relationship issues.

We are also trained in the various methods of alternate dispute resolution such as collaborative law, mediation, arbitration and the many different varieties of negotiation.

Q What is surrogacy?

A surrogacy is an agreement between the surrogate (and her partner if she has one) and the intended parents wherein the surrogate agrees to become pregnant with a child for the intended parents.

Q What can't I do?

You can't pay a surrogate to carry a child for you and you can't advertise that you are seeking a surrogate.

Q What can't a surrogate do?

A surrogate can't advertise for any surrogacy and can't accept payment to act as a surrogate. A surrogate can however receive payment for all reasonable costs for the surrogacy.

Q Can I be a surrogate or an intended parent?

Any person can be a surrogate or an intended parent. This includes single people and De Facto and same sex De Facto couples. Should the intended parents wish to have legal parentage of the child then all parties involved must be over the age of 25.

Q Is surrogacy only legal in Queensland?

No, surrogacy is also legal in all of the States and Territories of Australia except for Tasmania.

Q How can the surrogate legally become pregnant?

Methods of conception including in-vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination or natural conception can be used.

Q Whose name is listed on the birth certificate as the parents?

When the child is born the surrogate and her partner (if she has one) will be named on the child's birth certificate as the parents. Only a parentage order issued by the court can list the intended parent's names as the parents on the birth certificate.

Q Who pays for the costs of the pregnancy?

The surrogate's reasonable costs associated with the pregnancy are able to be paid to or reimbursed to the birth mother. The court can enforce the payment of a birth mother's reasonable costs upon her relinquishing the custody of the child to the intended parents. We can discuss what costs can be claimed during your consultation with us. If you are considering being a surrogate or wish to have a child by using a surrogate and require assistance please contact us.

Q What if the birth mother or intended parents change their mind?

Surrogacy arrangements are not legally enforceable. Prior to a parentage order being made by the court, a surrogate can legally keep the child as their own. Or should the intended parents decide not to care for the child they are legally entitled to do that.

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