If you’re an intended parent thinking about starting a surrogacy journey, you might be wondering what role an attorney can play in the process. Well, here’s the deal: a surrogacy attorney can be an essential resource for you, helping you navigate the many legal issues that come with surrogacy, including:
- Understanding surrogacy: A surrogacy attorney can help you understand the different types of surrogacy (traditional or gestational) and the legal implications of each type.
- Drafting a surrogacy agreement: A surrogacy agreement outlines the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in the surrogacy process, including the intended parents, surrogate, and any egg or sperm donors. An attorney can help draft a legally binding agreement that protects the interests of all parties.
- Handling pre-birth parentage orders: A pre-birth parentage order is a legal document that establishes the intended parents as the legal parents of the child before birth. An attorney can help the intended parents navigate the process of obtaining a pre-birth parentage order and ensure that it meets the requirements of their state.
- Assisting with insurance coverage: An attorney can help the intended parents and the surrogate understand the insurance coverage available for surrogacy expenses and ensure that all parties are properly covered.
- Representing the intended parents in court: If there are any disputes or legal issues that arise during the surrogacy process, an attorney can represent the intended parents and provide legal representation in court.
Overall, an attorney can play a critical role in ensuring that the surrogacy process runs smoothly and that all parties are protected. Intended parents may want to work with an attorney who has experience handling surrogacy cases and who understands the laws and regulations surrounding surrogacy in their state.
About Attorney Nicole K. White
As a mother by gestational surrogacy and as a surrogacy lawyer, my goal is to help you experience the joy and fulfillment of starting or growing a family of your own through third party reproduction. Because I am a mother by gestational surrogacy, I know firsthand what you will need – answers to your questions, support and guidance – and, I know what you will go through when starting your family. My experience as a surrogacy lawyer helps me guide you through the financial, emotional and legal aspects of surrogacy and third party reproduction. I can say with confidence that few (if any) attorneys deliver the unique insight I can bring to your surrogacy journey.