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Columbia Attorneys Offer Fertility-Related Legal Assistance

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As the field of assisted reproductive technology has developed, so has a host of new legal issues. Many of the forms of assisted reproduction deal with third parties, like sperm donors, egg donors, and surrogates. This makes the rights and obligations of all those involved a little more difficult to define.

A field of law has emerged to deal with these questions and protect the rights of those involved. This field of law is often referred to as Family Building Law or Reproductive Technology Law. If you are considering a third-party assisted reproduction option, it is important to meet with one of these lawyers before you begin.

Columbia, SC, Law Practices

It is important to retain the services of a reproductive law attorney before you begin third-party ART options, especially surrogacy. Your lawyer can help draft contracts and agreements that clearly state the rights of those involved, and clarify the custody of the resulting child. Your lawyer can also help with insurance claim denials and deal with issues such as the disposition of embryos.

The following attorneys work with infertility patients in the Columbia area:

  • L. Dale Dove
  • James Fletcher Thompson


Surrogacy is considered by many lawyers to be the most legally complex of all of the assisted reproduction options, so it is especially important to retain the services of a reproductive technology lawyer if you are considering surrogacy.

South Carolina courts have ruled in favor of surrogacy agreements, so it is important that you retain an attorney to draw up a contract beforehand that explicitly spells out the custody of the resulting child. The agreement should also state the rights and obligations of both the intended parents and the surrogate.

The surrogacy agreement should also clarify how the surrogacy fee will be paid, as well as what exactly it will entail. Surrogacy agreements include a base fee, and some also include additional payment for things such as transportation, invasive procedures, or multiple births.


If you are considering adoption, you should meet with an adoption attorney, whether you are planning a domestic or international adoption. You adoption attorney will help you understand how South Carolina’s adoption law relates to your unique situation, and will draw up a post-adoption agreement which will clarify the subsequent role of the birth parents in the child’s life.