Nov 20, 2016

Surrogacy Law: What You Need To Know

If you're unable to give birth and planning to have a surrogate to that for you instead, you need to understand the surrogacy law. It takes a lot of thinking to get this done for there will be negotiations between the parents and surrogates or even egg donors. Apart from this, surrogacy is fairly expensive to do. 

Here are important things that you need to keep in mind about surrogacy law.

Laws vary in different states.

Surrogacy falls under family law which is governed by the states. The law will most probably applied on the state where the surrogate lives. In a few states, surrogacy is considered illegal and in other states, they permit surrogacy. So, you need to make sure to determine where state your surrogate lives.

 

Laws are constantly changing.

Various cases are present in the lower courts constantly which encouraged states to make changes in the law. It's important to be updated of the possible changes in the law and the practice to avoid any complicated issues.

 

An experienced lawyer is vital.

Surrogacy is not simple as it seems so, you need to seek the aid of a legal professional especially when it comes to negotiating a contract. Doing an egg donation or a surrogacy without a contract can lead to complicated matters and rights of the surrogate. It's important to have a written contract for both sides to finally come to terms.

 

Finalizing parental rights can be tricky.

There are a lot of factors that need to be considered in finalizing parental rights. The state where the intended parents currently reside can govern the finalization of parental rights. In some states, ordering hospitals to put intended parents on the birth certificate is recognized. In some states, if the child is not biologically related to the intended parents, the pre-birth order will not be recognized.