When you and your loved one are dealing with infertility, life can seem complicated and exhausting. The journey through infertility is difficult and it may have been an easy decision for you and your partner to decide that you wanted to go through fertility treatment/help or it may have been a decision that took you a long time to get to. If you are interested in reproductive assistance or would like to use a surrogate to help you grow your family, working with a lawyer is one of the first steps you should take. A lawyer can help you design a contract that suits your needs and help you post-birth as well.
Why is a lawyer necessary?
Most people want to avoid using lawyers in different life situations as much as possible. Whether it’s for financial reasons or simply wanting to go through the process on your own. However, when it comes to adopting a child, using a surrogate, or going through another form of fertility treatment, working with a lawyer, like a fertility lawyer can help ensure you are not leaving anything on the table when it comes to your legal rights.
Do we need to have legal contracts?
Especially in cases where you use a surrogate or donor egg or sperm, you will need to have a legal contract in many states. It can also be incredibly helpful to have one even if it is not legally required. When human life is involved (and very high emotions from everyone involved), a legally binding contract is something you can point back to if you are concerned that something is not going the way it is supposed to.
What if my partner and I are using a frozen embryo to make a baby?
This is another situation where having a lawyer would be helpful throughout the process. Many people are happy to donate their frozen embryos but a lawyer can ensure you have parental rights to that child in case it is questioned or in case the party who is donating the embryo tries to fight you for parental rights.
Going through the fertility process is extremely emotionally and physically taxing. You want to know you have a lawyer by your side to ensure you are abiding by the law and that you have the law on your side. Contact a fertility lawyer near you if you would like help with this process.