If you will be using a donor or a surrogate, establishing your parental rights before any procedures take place is important. Using donated sperm or eggs from a clinic takes care of many of these legal concerns. Keep in mind, if you are part of a same-sex couple you, your partner, or both of you may need to legally adopt your baby once he or she is born.
The processes and precedents for these kinds of contracts are well established. Work with your lawyer to create contracts that clearly establish your parental rights (as well as the rights of your surrogate if you are using one) and move forward with your fertility treatments without worry.
To begin, there are certain decisions you must make. The two most important are:
- Who will be the biological parent(s), and
- Who will be carrying the pregnancy (you, your partner, or a surrogate)
In your initial consultation we can discuss all of your options, as well as a strategy to maximize the likelihood of success. We are here to advise, to guide, and most of all to support your hopes and decisions.