GESTATIONAL SURROGACY LAWYER IN FLORIDA
Are you unable to conceive or go through full term pregnancy but want a child who is biologically related to you or your spouse? Have you considered adoption, but you want an option that minimizes the risk of a potential birth mother backing out? Then it may be time to learn about gestational surrogacy. We are a gestational surrogacy and collaborative family law firm. We will sit down with you to explain how you can bring a new child into your life.
WHAT IS GESTATIONAL SURROGACY?
Gestational surrogacy is a legally recognized process and alternative to traditional child birth. A couple contracts with a woman (also known as a “surrogate”) who will give birth to a child. The couple will use their own sperm and egg, or utilize donated genetic materials, to create a fertilized egg. The fertilized egg will then be transferred to the surrogate. There is no biological connection between the surrogate and the fertilized egg. This means that the surrogate has no legal rights to the child that is born. The couple quickly become the legal parents to the newborn child.
FINDING A SURROGATE
If you don’t already have a surrogate, Family Diplomacy can direct you to the resources you need to find someone who will help. We work with agencies that oversee medical and psychological evaluations. The agencies help match couples with potential surrogates. Family Diplomacy will help draft all of the necessary paperwork once there is a match. When your child is born, we will walk side-by-side with you to apply for the necessary court orders.
GESTATIONAL SURROGACY FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES
Family Diplomacy has long been on the cutting edge in helping to recognize and expand legal rights for LGBT families. We were one of the first law firms in Tampa Bay to help lesbian and gay individuals and couples adopt children (until 2010, Florida banned such adoptions). We were collaborative and appellate lawyers in the first same-sex divorce case to challenge Florida’s DOMA laws and constitutional ban on recognition of same-sex marriage. Family Diplomacy has been one of Tampa’s “go-to” law firms to help transgender individuals achieve legal name changes. Now we extend our experience in the LGBT community to help same-sex couples bring children in their lives through gestational surrogacy.