Surrogacy is the act of carrying a pregnancy for parent/s who are unable to do so. Woman who carry other people's children are known as surrogates. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in the UK and only reasonable pregnancy expenses can be claimed. Advertising for a surrogate is also illegal.
In the UK, when a women gives birth to a child she is listed as the legal mother, and if she is married her husband is listed as the legal father. In order for surrogacy to work, the intended parent/s (IPs) of a surrogacy relationship must apply for a parental order within 6 months of the birth. The parental order extinguishes the rights of the surrogate (and her husband) and affords full parental rights to the intended parents. Previously this right was only given to couples, but as of January 2019, single people could sign parental orders, opening up surrogacy for single men in the UK