Same-sex couple can both register as child’s parent after court win | News

A woman who was forced to adopt her IVF baby because officials refused to register her as a mother has won a court battle for a new birth certificate.

Sarah Osborne and her partner Helen Arnold won a court order that overturned the adoption and recognised them both as parents on the birth certificate of their first child.

The two women, both 48, had a baby through IVF in 2014 but when they tried to register the child’s birth they were told that Osborne could not be added as a parent.

A Cambridgeshire county council registrar insisted that legally there “could only be one mother” on a birth certificate. Osborne was told that she must apply for a step-parent adoption when her child was six