Modern science has produced wonderful advancements to help individuals and couples experiencing fertility problems. However, as you consider the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), you should not overlook the possible legal pitfalls. At Forman Clothier Law Group, LLC in Glen Burnie, we are accomplished Maryland family lawyers who deliver sound counsel on a range of ART-related matters.
Assisted Reproductive Technology covers various treatments for clients who are experiencing fertility problems. Two primary ART methods are:
We assist with third-party reproduction efforts when a couple requires someone else to assist with conception or gestation. This includes the preparation of pre-birth and post-birth orders that clearly state how legal parentage will be determined. There is no comprehensive law that governs assisted reproduction in Maryland, so our firm is here to simplify the relevant legal standards and help you avoid unnecessary problems.
Various potential legal concerns are linked to ART, such as:
Whether you’re considering the ART process or are engaged in a disagreement over an existing arrangement, our firm offers comprehensive legal support, including the preparation of birth orders and representation during contract negotiations and litigation.
There are two types of surrogacy arrangements, and the option you choose affects how legal parenting rights are established. In traditional surrogacy, the surrogate’s egg is artificially inseminated with sperm from a man. This means that the surrogate will have a biological tie to the child that is conceived. Gestational surrogacy is a procedure in which an embryo is implanted in the surrogate’s body, meaning that she is not linked genetically to the child she will carry.
Maryland does permit gestational and traditional surrogacy, though the support for that lies in a decision of the state’s Court of Appeals. There are no statutes that address the subject specifically, so it is critical to work with an experienced attorney who can explain the legal process to you and guide you through the necessary steps. Compensation for a surrogate is allowed.
Forman Clothier Law Group, LLC in Glen Burnie advises clients throughout Maryland on legal issues related to assisted reproductive technology and childbirth surrogacy. Please call 410-324-3140 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.