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Tampa Attorneys and Family Building Law
New advances in assisted reproductive technologies have begun to change the legal field. Recently, new legal issues have emerged because of infertility treatments that utilize a third party, such as egg donors, sperm donors, embryo donors, and surrogates. Some attorneys and law offices are now specializing in the emerging field of Family Building Law and Reproductive Technology Law.
These lawyers represent the unique needs that come with building a family through assisted reproductive technology. It is important to retain the services of one of these attorneys who specializes in this new field to draw up legally-sound contracts that clearly state the rights, obligations, and protections for all those involved.
Tampa Law Practices
Before beginning any infertility procedures, especially those which involve a third party, it is a good idea to talk with an attorney who specializes in reproductive law. Your lawyer will create legally-binding contracts that state the rights of all the parties involved, in regards to custody of the child and fees involved. Creating a legal contract beforehand will help prevent legal challenges from surfacing after the birth.
Residents in the Tampa area can turn to the following attorneys and law offices for their services in reproductive law:
- Carole A. Banks, P.A., St. Petersburg, FL
- Law Office of Susan L. Stockham, Sarasota, FL
- Law Offices of Maria T. Bates, St. Petersburg, FL
- Robert Terenzio, Reproductive Alternatives, Tampa/Orlando, FL
- Jeanne T. Tate, Tampa, FL
- Christine Welch, Heartfelt Adoption & Surrogacy Services, Tampa, FL
Surrogacy is often considered the most legally complex of the assisted reproductive technologies, so it is very important to retain an attorney who specializes in this field.
Florida is one of the few states that clearly defines the legality of surrogacy. In Florida, entering into a surrogacy contract is legal, as long as the potential parents are married to each other, and a physician has determined that the woman cannot sustain a pregnancy.
An attorney who specializes in reproductive technology law will draw up a contract that clearly states the rights and responsibilities of each party. The contract will state that the surrogate does not intend to seek custody over the resulting child, and that custody will be turned over to the intending parents.
The surrogacy contract will also include costs and fees. In Florida, a surrogate cannot receive monetary compensation other than reasonable living expenses and medical costs. The contract should include the base fee, as well as additional fees for embryo transfer or insemination, invasive procedures, multiple pregnancies or births, or caesarian sections.
For couples interested in domestic or international adoption, retaining an attorney who specializes in adoption law is often a smart step. Adoption laws vary depending on your state, so your lawyer will explain how they pertain to your situation, and will help you understand the risks involved.
Your adoption lawyer will help in the finalization of the contract, and will also create a post-adoption agreement. This agreement will clearly state what role, if any, the birth parents may play in the life of the child.