Thursday 22 February 2018

Estranged lesbian couple await ruling on seven-year-old daughter born following IVF treatment


Brian Farmer

An estranged lesbian couple are waiting for a ruling after becoming embroiled in a Supreme Court fight over a seven-year-old girl born following IVF treatment.

Five Supreme Court justices have finished analysing evidence at a hearing in London.

They had examined the case in the wake of rulings by judges in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

One woman is the youngster's biological mother and sole legal parent while the second considers herself a ''de facto'' parent, courts have heard.

Their relationship broke down in 2011, more than three years after the girl was conceived by IVF treatment and born.

Judges have been told the girl was taken to Pakistan by her biological mother in early 2014.

The second woman had then begun legal action and asked judges to order the youngster's return to the UK.

But High Court and Court of Appeal judges concluded they did not have the ''jurisdiction'' to make such an order because the girl was not habitually resident in the UK when legal proceedings were launched.

The second woman is now hoping the Supreme Court will rule in her favour.

Justices said they will publish a ruling on a date to be fixed.

No-one involved has been identified.

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