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Surrogacy and Artificial Conception

Welcome to the Fertility Issues and Surrogacy Laws section of FindLaw's Family Law Center, which covers matters related to conceiving and/or carrying children to term outside of traditional methods. Advances in medicine have allowed prospective parents to consider alternatives to natural child conception and pregnancy, but have also raised a number of legal and ethical issues. For example, how does the law treat a surrogate mother who carries a child to term but decides she wants to keep the child? This section contains information on fertility and surrogacy laws; reasons to use an attorney when arranging for a surrogate mother; rights of donors and surrogates; and custody of embryos.