Intended parents & the surrogacy contract
Intended Parents are individuals who enter into an agreement that states they’ll be parent(s) of a child born to a gestational surrogate. The terms of this arrangement are set out in a legal agreement called a surrogacy contract.
A surrogacy contract or “Assisted Reproductive Agreement” is a lengthy, complex document that spells out the rights and obligations of involved parties. These parties, which commonly include the intended parent(s), the surrogate, and her spouse (if applicable) are consulted throughout the process.
In situations where the surrogate performs her services at no charge, the agreements are often called “Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements”. Regardless if the surrogate is compensated or not, a contract is still required.
Other requirements, which often vary from state-to-state, must also be observed. In California, the contract must be notarized, injectable medications cannot begin until the contract is executed, etc. Having a copy of the contract may prove useful as a reference point if plans change as the journey progresses. It can also act as a valuable tool to enable open and transparent discussions around critical issues and decisions.
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Each family situation is unique. This is why we take a tailored approach to planning, drafting, and negotiating fertility and paternity arrangements.
We understand that many families expend considerable time and resources trying to become pregnant. Therefore, we take great care when preparing surrogacy documents that accurately reflect clients’ intentions and protect parents’ rights.
From start to finish, the Fraser Law Firm, P.C. provides guidance with all legal aspects of family planning when representing intended parents, surrogates, and egg, sperm, and embryo donors.