Court Corrects Parenthood Bungle

December 12, 2017

Court Corrects Parenthood Bungle

When a same-sex couple undertook fertility treatment which led to the birth of a baby girl, the intention was that both would be listed as her legal parents. However, due to mistakes made in processing the necessary forms, only one of the couple was shown as a legal parent.

An application to the family division of the High Court was necessary for the mistake to be put right.

Official mistakes are generally able to be corrected, and preferably the rectification process should begin as quickly as possible after the error is noticed.