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Columbus, OH, Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families

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With the recent advances in third-party assisted reproductive technologies, such as egg donors, sperm donors and surrogates, a new specialization in the law field has emerged to deal with these legal issues. Some attorneys and law offices specialize in this new field to represent the rights of those building their families through ART or adoption.

The new specialties are called Family Building Law and Adoption and Reproductive Technology Law. These are emerging and evolving fields, so it is important you choose an attorney who is well-versed in the latest issues so he or she can best protect your legal rights.

Columbus, OH Law Practices

Before beginning any infertility procedure, it is important to consult the services of an attorney who specializes in reproductive law. Your attorney will craft a document that clearly states the intent and responsibilities of all those involved.

The following attorneys/law offices specialize in reproductive law in the Columbus area:

  • Margaret L. Blackmore
  • Susan Garner Eisenman
  • Hamilton Law Office
  • Rosemary Ebner Pomeroy

These attorneys can help you with pursuing insurance claim denials, issues with disposition of embryos, and legal planning before and after conception.


Surrogacy is often considered the most legally-complex of the assisted reproductive technologies because it employs the services of a third party—the surrogate. Because of the potential legal issues surrounding surrogacy, it is important to retain the services of an attorney who specializes in these issues and can create a sound surrogacy agreement. While the Ohio law on surrogacy is unclear, court cases have ruled favorably on the legality of written surrogacy agreements.

In these surrogacy contracts, the intended parents and the surrogate will state their roles, intentions, and responsibilities. The contract will also clearly state that the surrogate does not intend to seek custody of the resulting child, nor does she claim any parental responsibility.

Your surrogacy contract should clearly state the fees paid to the surrogate. These fees usually include a base fee, transfer or insemination fee, and invasive procedure fee. Other contracts may also include fees for multiple pregnancies and births, caesarian sections, and maternity clothing.

Finally, your surrogacy contract will clearly specify which role, if any, the surrogate mother will play in the child’s life.


If you are considering either domestic or international adoption, it is recommended that you retain the services of an adoption lawyer. Your adoption lawyer will be able to explain to you the various adoption laws according to state and how they pertain to your situation.

Your adoption attorney will also help you understand the risks involved in any adoption, including the issues involved in finalization of the contract.

Your lawyer will also create a post-adoption agreement, which will clearly state what role, if any, the birth parents will play in the child’s life.