We're fortunate to live in a time in which technology affords us numerous ways for couples and families to welcome children into the world. Surrogacy, ovum/sperm donation, and other reproductive methods have given couples new avenues to make their dreams of raising a child a reality. It is advised, however, that these couples and the individuals assisting them all maintain legal representation to prevent the possibility of protracted legal complications.
Our attorneys at Ford & Friedman recognize that these particular matters are often emotional for those involved and that careful, attentive navigation is needed to efficiently facilitate them. Our experienced and knowledgeable Henderson family lawyers are well-versed in the laws that govern the rights of individuals in these arrangements are prepared to protect the interests of our clients both in and outside the courtroom.
We're ready to provide the guidance you need during this exciting time. Contact our firm to request a no-obligation consultation with us today.
The most common ways for men and women to assist a couple seeking a child is to provide sperm donation (for men) or gestational surrogacy (for women). Sperm donation is rarely seen as a legal commitment—but it is a significant one. If you have been asked to be a sperm donor, then it is advised that you seek representation. There are possible ramifications for this kind of donation and our attorneys can help create alignment between all parties with an agreeable and comprehensive contract.
Being a surrogate mother is an even larger commitment for women and the assisted families. In these cases, in vitro fertilization (IVF) is often used to transplant another woman's embryo into the surrogate's uterus. Even with this technology, however, the surrogate will remain the biological mother of the child, which can sometimes lead to serious legal issues later in the child's life.
It's important to note that both the donors and surrogates in these cases should have legal representation and the assisted individuals/couples should, as well. No matter what side of donor/surrogate arrangement you are on, Ford & Friedman is ready to ensure that process goes as smoothly and favorably as possible.
Additionally, our firm also works with domestic partners who are not legally linked by marriage, civil union, or any other kind of legal partnership. Couples who live in these circumstances should consider forming some kind of legal agreement with their partner in the event of the unexpected. Illness, death, child issues, financial matters, and separation of any kind could lead to serious legal pitfalls the couple may not be prepared for.
If you and your significant other are looking to safeguard your future, our firm is ready to help. We're well-versed in crafting domestic partnership agreements tailored to the unique needs and concerns of your family, including surrogacy, adoption, and any other related matters.
You do not have to face these complex issues without a capable, knowledgeable legal advocate by your side. Contact us now for counsel you can trust.