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Northern New Jersey Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families

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The world of assisted reproductive technologycontinues to evolve, and as it does, new legal questions arise. This is especially true for third party procedures like egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors, and surrogacy. In conjunction with these trends, specialty areas in law called Family Building and Reproductive Technology law have emerged. Adoption law is also a legal specialty area. These attorneys offer crucial legal support in drawing up legal contracts to protect the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved in adoption and third party fertility treatment.

Northern New Jersey Law Practices

It is strongly recommended that prior to undergoing infertility treatment, especially third party procedures, you should consult a lawyer. These lawyers can help with issues ranging from problematic insurance claims to disposition of embryos, and pre-and-post conception plans.

The following lawyers and legal practices in North New Jersey specialize in the indicated areas of Family Building and Adoption Law:

  • Melissa Brisman
  • Guston & Guston, LLP
  • Christine Klein
  • Klein & Radol, LLC
  • Nina Rumbold
  • Denise Seidelman


Most legal experts agree that surrogacy is the most legally complicated type of assisted reproductive technology because a third party is involved. Legal representation is strongly suggested with a surrogacy arrangement. Lawyers can draft the surrogacy agreement, including an agreement the surrogate will not seek custody of the child. It should also determine who makes decisions during and after the pregnancy?

There are numerous legal issues to consider. Who pays the surrogates medical costs? What happens if a participant changes their mind? What role will the donor (if there is a donor) and surrogate play after birth? These issues must be discussed and agreed upon by all parties. Surrogacy legal contracts outline additional costs like insemination, and multiple pregnancies, costs for the surrogate if she is unable to work or has unanticipated medical bills.


It is strongly advised that whether an adoption is domestic or international, legal representation is necessary. New Jersey is very open to adoptions by gay and lesbian prospective parents.

International adoptions are challenging because the child is subject to the laws of the country from which he/she is adopted.

In all adoptions there should be complete understanding of the rights of the biological parent, the child, and the adoptive parents, and what the biological parent’s role will be post birth, if at all.