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Knowledgeable Gestational Carrier Agreement Attorney Works with LGBTQ+ and Other Couples to Prepare Agreements with Gestational Carriers in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area
When couples are unable to carry a child to term on their own, they may choose to work with a woman who agrees to serve as a gestational carrier for the couple. Modern assistive reproductive technologies have made gestational carrier arrangements a much more regular occurrence. However, any successful arrangement should have a written agreement between the intended parents and the gestational carrier (and her partner or spouse if she has one). To ensure you have a valid, effective, comprehensive agreement, turn to a gestational carrier agreement attorney from Zavos Law for seasoned legal representation.
For decades, Attorney Michele Zavos has been at the forefront of advancements in the law in D.C. and Maryland that have allowed couples to take advantage of assisted reproduction technology to have children and grow their families. Call Michele Zavos Law today for a consultation to talk to Attorney Michele Zavos about whether a gestational carrier arrangement might be right for you and your family. You will also learn how Michele Zavos can help you to craft a gestational carrier agreement that protects your family’s rights and interests.
What Does a Gestational Carrier Agreement Do?
A gestational carrier agreement is intended to set forth the rights, responsibilities, and obligations of you and your spouse or partner and the woman who has agreed to serve as a gestational carrier.
Both of the intended parents should be parties to the agreement, along with the gestational carrier and her spouse or partner, if she has one.
The agreement should also be finalized and signed before any embryo transfers are attempted.
Aspects of the relationship between you and a gestational carrier that your agreement should cover include:
Ultimately, a gestational carrier agreement should expressly state that the intended parents will be the sole legal parents of any children born from embryos fertilized by the intended parents’ eggs and sperm. The agreement should also spell out whether the intended parents will obtain a pre-birth order designating them as the legal parents or whether an adoption process may be needed; if adoption is required to secure the intended parents’ legal rights, the consent of the gestational carrier and her spouse or partner should also be established in the gestational carrier agreement.
How a Gestational Carrier Agreement Attorney from Michele Zavos Law Can Assist Your Family
Intended parents need to ensure that their gestational carrier agreement is as comprehensive as possible and correctly spells out both their intentions and obligations, as well as the intentions and obligations of the gestational carrier (and her spouse or partner, if any). Unforeseen complications can easily arise during a gestational carrier arrangement, so the more comprehensive your agreement is, the more likely that you can easily resolve any issues that occur.
Reach out to Michele Zavos Law for a case evaluation to learn how an experienced Gestational Carrier Agreement Attorney can make the difference for your family.