In the legal industry, it’s called “assisted reproductive technology,” but I call what I do fertility law. What does that mean?
It is a type of family law, but I don’t deal in divorce and custody. I help clients who need to legally document their road to parenthood. My clients include intended parents, who are folks who will be working with a gestational carrier; the gestational carrier and her spouse; egg donors and recipients; sperm donors and recipients; and embryo donors and recipients. I work with single people and couples of all types. I also advise clinics and occasionally get to educate professionals or professionals-to-be in the industry on the legal landscape. Here is a punchlist of the types of things I work on:
- Gestational Carrier Agreement
- Pre-birth Court documents
- Post-birth Court documents
- Embryo Donation Agreement
- Sperm Donation Agreement
- Egg Donation Agreement
- Second-Parent Adoption
I get to work on cutting-edge parenting arrangements. I’ve helped gay fathers who are each the father of one in a set of twins. I’ve worked on cases in which babies are born who were previously frozen embryos in one state, transported to another state for implantation, and then born to a couple unrelated biologically to the babies. I’ve worked with lesbian mothers who achieve parenthood when a friend donated sperm. I’ve worked with parents whose sisters or cousins or best friends from childhood acted as a gestational carrier out of love. Some of my clients are compensated for pain and suffering and living expenses. Others do it for no monetary amount at all. Nearly all of my gestational carrier clients enjoyed pregnancy and feel a calling to gift another family with the experience of parenthood. Many of my clients who donate embryos simply want to see that their embryos have a shot at life with another family when they are done having children of their own. Some of my clients live on the other side of the globe and travel here to have a chance at having a child. The beauty of fertility law is strangers become friends, almost family. Fertility law is my type of “family law.”
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