Under UK law, if you want to start a family with the help of a surrogate then you must obtain a court order after your child is born, which transfers legal parenthood from the surrogate to you as the intended parents.
Under the law as it stands, only a couple can obtain a parental order. They are not available to single parents. A single parent who wants to have a child through surrogacy must go through the adoption process instead in order to acquire legal parenthood. Unsurprisingly, this has been found by the courts to be discriminatory and contrary to human rights law.
The government has now issued an update on the steps it is taking to change the law and allow single parents to obtain parental orders. The parliamentary order needed to make the change is being drafted, and the government plans to introduce it to parliament before the end of this year. Watch this space.
Update: Surrogacy and Single Parents