As an update to the previous 1990 Act this legislation was introduced to bring the law upto date with modern science and social concerns. [https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/22/pdfs/ukpga_20080022_en.pdf]
The appropriate sections which were included to update the original Act are sections 49 and 50 which relate to marriage and civil partnerships, and also sections 42-47 which refer to the cases where a woman will be the childs second parent apart from the defined mother.
Section 53 was also introduced as a means of being able to translate many different acts to refer to a second female parent in other areas of family law.
The Act specifies that for another woman to be treated as a legal parent of the child with regards birth certificates etc, the following conditions must be met:
* The second parent must give the carrying person a notice that they consent to be treated as a parent as a result of the treatment.
* The carrying person consents to the other woman being a legal parent.
* No consent previously given has been withdrawn.
* The carrying person has not given consent for another person to be a parent of the child, whether male or female.
* Both parties should not be a prohibited degree of relationship. This just means that the people should be sufficiently unrelated that they would meet the requirements to be able to get married even if they are not in a position to want to.[https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1986/16/section/1]