Surrogacy has become an increasingly common means of having a child for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to. People choose surrogacy for a variety of reasons. For example, some women can't or shouldn't get pregnant for health reasons or because of their age. Same-sex male couples sometimes use surrogate mothers in order to have children.
There are two types of surrogacies. In a "traditional" surrogacy, the surrogate is the biological mother of the baby. She is artificially inseminated with the sperm of the father or possibly another sperm donor. In a "gestational" surrogacy, the surrogate has no biological ties to the child. She carries and gives birth to the child, who is the product of the mother's egg and father's sperm.
Gestational surrogacy is less complicated from a legal standpoint. However, whichever type of surrogacy you choose, it's essential to have a surrogacy agreement that's drawn up by a California attorney with experience in the unique laws surrounding this form of reproduction. Without a properly-drafted agreement, complications, unexpected expenses and heartache can ensue for both the surrogate mother and the parents.
At Cecil & Cianci, PC, we have experience representing those who choose to have a child via a surrogate. We also represent surrogate mothers. In addition to drawing up surrogacy agreements, our Roseville attorneys also represent those in surrogacy disputes.
If you are considering surrogacy as a way to build your family, thinking about becoming a surrogate mother yourself or having child custody or other issues related to a surrogacy, call us or contact us online. We offer reduced-fee consultations.