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Dallas Lawyers offer Legal Assistance for those Building Families
The world of assisted reproductive technology (ART) is rapidly changing and has produced new and complex legal questions. This is especially true of third-party procedures like egg donation, sperm donation and surrogacy.
New branches of legal practice called Adoption Law, Collaborative Family Law, and Reproductive Technology Law have emerged. In Texas this specialty is referred to as Collaborative Family Law. These lawyers have expertise in working with people attempting to build their families through adoption or infertility treatments.
Dallas Lawyers and Law Firms
It is critical to have a lawyer that has expertise in either Collaborative Family Law or Adoption law depending on your method of family building. The legal documents needed for building a family articulate the rights of the parents, the donor, the child, and the surrogate when applicable. The legal agreement should also outline how and who will make decisions throughout the pregnancy. The Dallas attorneys and law firms below have expertise in either Adoption or Collaborative Family Law or both.
- Carla Calabrese (Collaborative Family Law, Adoption)
- Lauren Gaydos Duffer, P.C. (Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Law)
- Christopher Michael Farish (Collaborative Family Law, Adoption)
- Jeanne M. Huey (Collaborative Family Law)
- Koons, Fuller, Vanden, Eykel & Robertson (Adoption)
- Quaid & Quaid, LLC (Collaborative Family Law)
- Jack D. Rushing (Adoption)
- Richard B. Turbiville (Adoption)
- Verner & Brumley (Collaborative Family Law)
- Michelle M. Williams (Adoption)
- Jenny Womack P.C. (Collaborative Family Law)
- Michael D. Wysocki (Collaborative Family Law, Adoption)
Using an attorney is important whether a domestic or international adoption is done. The adoption attorney helps craft a post-adoption contract with birth parents when indicated. They also advise on state laws and the unique adoption laws of the adoptive child’s country of origin.
When a third party is involved, especially with surrogacy, the legal questions are the most complicated and a lawyer is necessary. Texas does allow people to have surrogacy contracts. It requires at least one of the parties, intended parent or surrogate, reside in Texas for at least 90 days to have jurisdiction to recognize the parent-child relationship between the intended parents and the child. Surrogacy agreements should outline fees for surrogate services, surrogate treatment, medications, medical procedure fees, and intentions and legal responsibilities of all parties. The contract also defines the future role of the surrogate in the child’s life.