For those who want to start a family outside of the conventional box, or struggle with infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) offers a range of options to welcome a child into your family. But because the scientific and legal issues surrounding ART are complex and confusing, and the laws are often out of date, you’ll want an experienced attorney to help you navigate the process.
The legal rights and protections of people using ART vary from state to state. Oftentimes, the law calls for specific factors in determining parentage and the rights of surrogates and donors in an ART birth. The Law Offices of Elizabeth A Douglas, PLLC can help you to obtain legal protection if you are considering:
ART births bring up perplexing legal questions. For example, if you were to attempt to become pregnant through gamete (sperm or egg) donation, and you obtain the sperm or egg from someone you know (rather than from a sperm bank), there are legal agreements regarding parentage that need to be worked out between you and the donor.
Similar legal questions arise from the use of a surrogate. Our office can help people interested in using a gestational surrogate by putting in place the necessary legal agreements so that they are recognized as the child’s legal parents.
So, whether you’re a single person, same-sex couple, or a couple struggling with fertility, our attorneys are here to help you understand how to use ART and be legally protected all throughout the way.