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St. Louis Attorneys Offer Legal Assistance in Building Families
Lawyers are now specializing in this field of law, which is referred to as Family Building Law or Reproductive Technology Law. These lawyers can help represent the rights of all those involved in ART.
St. Louis Law Practices
Before you begin a fertility treatment that involves a third party, it is a good idea to meet with an attorney who specializes in reproductive law. Your attorney can draft legally-binding contracts that state your rights and responsibilities, while clarifying those of the third party involved as well.
Choose and attorney before you begin your family building, so he or she can protect you from legal problems before they occur. The following attorneys specialize in reproductive law in St. Louis:
- Paule, Camazine, & Blumenthal, P.C.
- Thomas R. Schlesinger
- Allan F. Stewart
Surrogacy is considered the most legally complex of the third-party assisted reproductive options, so it is especially important that you retain the services of a lawyer who specializes in this emerging field.
Missouri’s legal stance on surrogacy agreements is unclear. Surrogacy agreements are not explicitly banned, though monetarily-compensated surrogacy agreements may be interpreted as violating Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 568 on child trafficking.
Retaining the services of a lawyer who specializes in surrogacy agreements can still help protect you. Your attorney will draw up a surrogacy agreement that states your rights and responsibilities, along with that of the surrogate. Perhaps most importantly, your surrogacy agreement will also clearly state that your surrogate does not intend to take custody of the resulting child.
You can also benefit from retaining a reproductive lawyer if you are considering adoption. Your adoption lawyer will draft up a post-adoption contract that will state your rights, and will clarify that that birth parents do not intend to seek custody of the child.
Your adoption attorney will help you through the often-complex process of adoption, and will help you understand how the laws in your state affect your case.