Fertility-related issues are not an uncommon reality for many. In addition to the emotional toll that fertility-related issues take on those involved, deciding on the best reproductive option moving forward can also be overwhelming. Surrogacy certainly does not share the same publicity as other reproductive options, but for some it is the best suited alternative. Surrogacy allows individuals and couples alike to grow their families using all or some of their own genetic material.
Surrogacy is the process of a woman carrying a child for another person or couple (“intended parents”). There are two forms of surrogacy—traditional and gestational. The main difference between these two forms is the genetic material used to conceive the child (eggs and/or sperm of intended parents vs. eggs and/or sperm of another).
No matter the form of surrogacy which best fits the intended parents’ circumstances, a surrogacy agreement is needed for many reasons. The most pertinent being the laws regarding certain forms of surrogacy agreements are not set in stone at present; as a result consulting and working with an attorney to draft a surrogacy agreement ensures the validity of the agreement and also protects the growing family.
The attorneys at Mayer and Young are experienced in drafting such agreements. Each surrogacy agreement is tailor-made to fit the needs and expectations of the intended parents and the surrogate. We maintain superior client communication to ensure that the surrogacy process is an enjoyable solution to our client’s reproduction-related issues and concerns.
If you have further questions or are interested in learning more about surrogacy agreements, please call our office at (916) 631-1996.
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