Assisted Reproduction Technology
The law governing egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, and other assisted reproductive technologies is still young in Ohio. While engaging in assisted reproduction, we strongly recommend that all parties seek legal counsel in order to protect their rights.
We offer the following services in relation to assisted reproduction:
- Writing and reviewing sperm and egg donation contracts
- Writing, reviewing, and negotiating surrogacy contracts
- Planning for and ensuring the proper allocation of parental rights after birth
- Obtaining pre-birth orders when possible
- Obtaining valid birth certificates that accurately reflect parentage
We serve clients on all sides of an assisted reproduction arrangement, including different- and same-sex couples, single parents, surrogates, and egg and sperm donors.
One of the key points to remember is that if possible, the parties should sign the necessary documents and consult with attorneys before the birth takes place. It is possible to obtain an order establishing parentage after the birth, but it can be an expensive and uncertain proposition if the legal parent refuses to consent to waive their parental rights. The parents involved should obtain legal advice before starting their family.
Do I need an attorney to hire a surrogate in Ohio?
There is no legal requirement that you hire an attorney to assist with your surrogacy or gestational carrier arrangement in Ohio, but it is strongly recommended. Often, the medical providers will insist that an attorney sign off on such an arrangement before they will perform the embryo transfer.
Whether you are the genetic parent, intended parent, gestational carrier, egg donor, or sperm donor, we strongly recommend that you hire counsel to ensure you understand your rights and responsibilities in the donation, surrogacy, or gestational carrier process. A competent attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and responsibilities limited. Schedule a free half-hour consultation today.
Does my surrogate or gestational carrier need an attorney?
Who pays for the medical expenses of a surrogate pregnancy?
Can I hire a surrogate or gestational carrier that has Medicaid health insurance?
And, depending on the amount of the fee paid to the surrogate, the fee may disqualify the surrogate from state-funded coverage. This can be problematic if there is no other insurance available to the surrogate, or if the surrogate’s own children are covered by a state-funded policy.
What expenses should I expect to pay with a surrogacy?
The parties also sometimes agree that the intended parents will pay a fee to the surrogate or gestational carrier for her services gestating and giving birth to the baby. In some cases, the parties agree that the intended parents will pay the surrogate or gestational carrier additional compensation for particularly invasive medical procedures or the loss of fertility as a result of the pregnancy.
We can help you make an agreement that captures the agreement of all the parties and ensures that everyone’s rights and responsibilities are clear.
What legal services are needed for an Ohio Surrogacy?
When should I get a parentage order?
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