Experienced Surrogacy Attorneys
At Claiborne & Surmay, P.C., we are the most experienced law firm in Georgia dedicated to meeting both your adoption and assisted reproductive technologies needs.
The process of surrogacy is a viable option for growing your family – contact our caring attorneys to learn more about surrogacy, and which type of surrogacy arrangement is right for you.
Surrogacy is a compassionate or paid legal arrangement in which a woman agrees to become pregnant, by a means of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), for the purpose of giving birth to the child of another person or couple(the intended parents). There are two types of surrogacy. The first is gestational, in which a woman becomes pregnant by means of an embryo transfer, and therefore does not have a genetic link to the child. The embryo is created by in-vitro fertilization, using eggs and sperm from the intended parents or donors on their behalf. This is the most contemporary means of adding to your family through surrogacy. The choice of a gestational carrier is extremely important, and we guide you through the recruitment, screening evaluation, and selection process. We work closely with professional in other fields, especially physicians (reproductive endocrinologists) and psychologists. Some clients who require the services of a gestational carrier are not in fact infertile, but have some other underlying medical condition like heart disease, diabetes, or paralysis that would prevent a healthy pregnancy.
A less frequently used method of surrogacy involves the artificial insemination of a woman who contracts to be a traditional surrogate. These are handled similarly to an adoption. Because the surrogate is also a genetic parent, there are additional legal and emotional ramifications, and there is more risk attached to this type of surrogacy. It is appropriate for some families, but it should be approached with a great deal of care. While this is usually considered to be a riskier form of surrogacy, every family is different, and we consult with each client to help you determine the most appropriate method for your family. There are many types of surrogacy arrangements, and surrogacy laws can become complex when contracts are not drafted properly prior to starting a surrogate pregnancy.
Representing you in a surrogacy involves much more than just drafting a document. Contracts involving gestational surrogacy, egg donation, and other reproductive technologies involve issues on the cutting edge of medicine and the law. Our contracts are highly detailed, and are constantly updated to apply to the changing legal landscape of this evolving form of family building. Each legal agreement is carefully drafted to the unique circumstances of your family.
Surrogacy Education, Information, and Connections
The adoption and assisted reproductive technologies law firm of Claiborne & Surmay, P.C., in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia, has extensive experience helping people with surrogacy contracts. We offer comprehensive education and clear information about the legal and medical issues involved in surrogacy and can help you determine whether it is a good alternative for you in your quest to build your family. In addition, our lawyers are connected to a network of attorneys and surrogacy professionals throughout the United States, and can connect you with a family-building team including a surrogate or donor and medical professionals who will best meet your needs. We pride ourselves on progressively working with a diverse clientele including non-traditional families as well as traditional ones. We are happy to help interracial couples, single parents, gay or lesbian couples, and a wide variety of age ranges fulfill their dreams of building their families through surrogacy. We evaluate cases and clients on an individual basis, free of arbitrary requirements.
For more information about a surrogacy contract that may be right for you, contact our offices to schedule a consultation.