Attorneys Advising Clients On Surrogacy And Assisted Reproduction Legal Issues
Modern science has made it possible to achieve pregnancy in unprecedented ways. This is great news for same-sex couples, couples who experience fertility issues and women who want to have children without a partner. Unfortunately, surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology (ART) have significant legal implications (and potential complications) that are important to be aware of.
When you contact Simms Russell Law, PLLC, our attorneys will take the time to discuss your family plans and goals and explain the legal side of things. We will also help you prepare all necessary paperwork and fulfill other procedural requirements to ensure that you don’t receive any unwanted surprises down the road.
What To Know About Surrogacy In Kentucky
There is a lot of misinformation about surrogacy that a knowledgeable attorney can help you sort through. Surrogacy is legal in Kentucky, though there are some restrictions regarding compensation, etc. A valid gestational carrier agreement or contract is imperative to protect and enforce the parental rights of the intended parents.
Additionally, the surrogate must have independent legal counsel to review any contract to ensure she is protected as well. After the birth, you may require a parentage order to establish that the intended parents are the legal parents, especially if there is no genetic connection, as well as a health care power of attorney in the interim. At Simms Russell Law, PLLC, we are happy to draft or review any documents and contracts necessary to aid you in the creation of your family.
Egg, Sperm Or Embryo Donation Contracts
Sometimes, intended parents are not able to conceive a child on their own without assisted reproductive technology, such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). These processes often involve donated genetic material, such as eggs, sperm or embryos.
These donations can either be known or anonymous, but it is vital to contractually establish that the donor has no legal relationship with any resulting child. Your fertility clinic or health care provider may even require you to obtain legal counsel before undergoing any procedure. We can also review cryobank storage contracts for any remaining genetic material you want to save for future use.
Learn More In A Free Consultation
Starting or growing your family should be an exciting experience, and you don’t want it to be ruined by potential legal challenges or doubts about parental rights. For these reasons and more, be sure to work with an experienced family law attorney like those at our firm.
Simms Russell Law, PLLC, is based in Louisville, and we proudly serve clients throughout the surrounding parts of Kentucky. To discuss your plans with an attorney during a free initial consultation, call us at 502-362-2600, or fill out our online contact form.