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Palm Beach Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families
Advancements in reproductive technology have allowed countless couples to achieve their dream of having a family, but they have also raised a number of legal questions. Fertility treatments that involve third parties, such as sperm donation, egg donation, and surrogacy have become especially complex.
A new field of law has developed, called Family Building Law or Reproductive Technology Law, has developed as a way to answer these questions. Reproductive law attorneys in Palm Beach and throughout Florida are now specializing in infertility law to protect the rights of those involved in these assisted reproduction procedures.
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Assisted reproductive techniques that involve a third party have raised the most questions. Surrogacy is considered the most complex, especially when traditional surrogacy is used. In traditional surrogacy, a surrogate is inseminated with sperm, which fertilizes her own eggs, making the child a biological relation of the surrogate.
You are encouraged to talk with a reproductive technology lawyer before you begin a surrogacy procedure. Your infertility lawyer can draw up custody agreements and surrogacy agreements, as well as deal with insurance claim denials or issues with disposition of embryos.
The following Palm Beach infertility lawyers work with intended parents in Florida:
- Amy U. Hickman
- Brian M. Moskowitz
- Charlotte H. Danciu
- Michelle M. Hausmann
While surrogacy is considered the most legally complex of all of the assisted reproduction options, Florida maintains clear laws regarding surrogacy agreements.
Florida law on surrogacy agreements is found in Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes. According to this law, traditional surrogacy agreements and gestational surrogacy agreements are allowed by law. However, the couples must be legally married, which appears to exclude same-sex couples.
Intended parents may offer the surrogates compensation for “reasonable” living, medical, psychological, or psychiatric expenses. They are also allowed to offer compensation for inconvenience, discomfort, and medical risk.
A reproductive law attorney can help by drawing up contracts which clarify the custody of the resulting child, as well as the fees that will be paid to the surrogate.
If you are considering a domestic or foreign adoption, you should be sure to retain the services of an adoption lawyer. Your adoption attorney will draw up a post-adoption agreement, which will clarify the custody of the child as well as the role the birth parents will play in his or her life.