With celebrity parents using surrogacy at an increasing frequency, the general public has become more familiar with the term than in the past. Surrogacy was stigmatized and misunderstood by so many people, and like time often does, opinions have changed. The frequency and number of children born via surrogacy have grown over the years.
In a recent story covered in the media, an altruistic gestational surrogate who carried a baby to term for an at-risk friend found out how important it is to have a surrogacy attorney protecting the interest and legal rights of the surrogate. After her at-risk friend’s death from unrelated issues, the father of the child she carried to term demanded the surrogate assume the role of biological mother in the child’s life since the mother. He threatened to involve lawyers and the legal system to enforce her to parent a child not biologically related to her. As the number of surrogate pregnancies increases, complicated situations like this one will continue to occur, causing the legal status and laws associated with surrogacy to change and evolve as needed.
There are many types of surrogacy, and the laws surrounding each type can change depending on the circumstances. Surrogacy can take the form of gestational or traditional surrogacy, which is determined by the genetic relationship between the child and the surrogate. Surrogacy can also be defined by payments
Depending on the reason for the surrogacy, your situation could dictate even further legal clarification.
Given the fluidity in legal between states and varying surrogacy types and situations, securing a surrogacy attorney to review any contracts or legal situation you have encountered can provide peace of mind and security for your financial situation.
Surrogates, gestational, and intended parents all need to be protected in surrogacy situations. A surrogacy attorney can provide assistance and legal advice for many situations, like:
As surrogacy laws continue to evolve to answer the questions we have yet to realize, an attorney will be an invaluable asset for both surrogates and parents.
The attorneys at Cianci Law, PC, can help you formulate a plan and file the appropriate for your surrogacy. Call us at (916) 797-1575 for more information on these and other surrogacy and reproductive technology situations.
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