Prospective parents have several options to natural child conception and pregnancy, including the use of a surrogate mother to carry an implanted embryo to term. It is important for potential surrogate mothers and prospective parents to fully understand surrogacy laws, which differ by state. This section contains articles and resources about laws that are relevant to surrogate mothers and prospective parents; a checklist to help you draft a legally sound surrogacy contract; reasons why the help of attorney can help make a surrogacy arrangement go more smoothly; and more.
- What Is Surrogate Parenthood?
Learn the basics of surrogate parenting in this introductory article. You'll find definitions of different types of surrogacy arrangements, as well as a selection of relevant state laws.
- Surrogate Mothers
Surrogacy law continues to evolve as surrogate parents become more common. Learn the basic legal issues surrounding surrogate mothers including different types of surrogacy arrangements and what happens once the baby is born.
- Ten Reasons to Use an Attorney: Surrogacy Arrangements
Hiring an attorney when considering a surrogacy arrangement may seem unnecessary, but an attorney can help protect your rights when entering into this delicate arrangement.
- Checklist: Surrogacy Contract
When you decide to use a surrogate, you’ll want to make sure you have the right contract in place. Use this checklist to ensure your agreement has the terms you need.
- Questionnaire: Surrogacy Application
Picking a surrogate can be a more difficult decision than deciding to use a surrogate mother in the first place. This section has all the questions you need to ask to make sure you’re choosing the right one.
- Child Visitation, Child Custody, and Unmarried Fathers
Getting to see your child when that child is not legally “yours” can be difficult. This article reviews how to start establishing visitation and custody when you haven’t yet established paternity.