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Alan and Judith Kilshaw
"It has been a high price to pay"
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Saturday, 28 July, 2001, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Net couple's home repossessed
The Kilshaws home
The Kilshaw family home in north Wales
Welsh couple Alan and Judith Kilshaw, who tried to adopt twins using an internet agency, have agreed to the voluntary repossession of their home.

The couple are facing legal costs of at least 60,000 after their failed court battle to keep the children.

The twins
The twins at the centre of the tug-over-war

They faces financial ruin after a long drawn out and costly legal battle to keep the babies Belinda and Kimberley.

The Kilshaws, from Buckley in north Wales, voluntarily agreed to the repossession of their house by their building society during a hearing at Wrexham Crown Court on 30 June.

The couple now have about four weeks left to vacate their home and find somewhere else to live.

Having lost the twins who were returned to the United States following a High Court battle, the Kilshaws last week said they were still determined to adopt a baby and were prepared to move overseas to do so.

They said intend to get a girl from America and move abroad to Turkey with their family.

Judith Kilshaw in London
Judith Kilshaw remains determined to adopt

During a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary broadcast earlier this week, Mrs Kilshaw - who has three children of her own - said they would move abroad to escape Britain's strict adoption laws.

However, stricter laws governing internet adoption and inter-country adoption are already under consideration, the Department of Health told BBC News Online.

Last month the government announced plans to crackdown on the internet adoption of children as part of the Adoption and Children Bill.

The documentary also showed how the strain of the court battle had affected the Kilshaws.

The couple were shown arguing as Mrs Kilshaw, 47, told her husband at one point that she wanted a divorce, hated him and regretted their telling their story to a tabloid newspaper.

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