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Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in North Dakota
The past couple of decades have brought enormous advances to the field of assisted reproduction. As this field has grown, another has evolved along with it: reproductive technology law.
As ART procedures have become more complex--including some which even utilize a third party--the field of law that specializes in protecting the rights of those involved in it has grown as well. If you are interested in pursuing an ART procedure like surrogacy or egg donation, you may want to retain the services of an attorney who specializes in family building law or reproduction technology law.
ART Law Practices in North Dakota
Why is having a reproductive law attorney so important? Some ART procedures, like surrogacy, are very legally complex, since there are additional people involved in it--like the surrogate. By retaining the services of a reproductive law attorney, you can feel more confident that your rights--as well as the surrogate's--will be looked after and protected throughout the process.
Currently, there are no reproductive law attorneys in North Dakota who are members of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys. However, there is one firm in Fargo, Gjesdahl Law, which specializes in all types of family law, including gestational carrier agreements.
For more information on reproductive law attorneys in North Dakota, contact your fertility clinic for a recommendation.
Surrogacy Agreements in North Dakota
If you are considering surrogacy, it's vital you retain the services of a reproductive law attorney. In North Dakota, only surrogacy agreements for gestational surrogacy are enforceable. Surrogacy agreements for traditional surrogacy, where a surrogate is inseminated with sperm that fertilizes her own egg, are not permitted.
A reproductive law attorney can help you navigate the legal complexities of this process. By drafting a surrogacy agreement, he or she can clarify your rights as the intended parent or parents, as well as the rights and obligations of the surrogate. Most importantly, it will clarify that the surrogate does not intend to seek custody of the child. It will also address issues like payment dispersion and fees.