Surrogacy can be a great way for a family to begin or expand their brood, especially when a woman is unable to carry a pregnancy on her own. While this arrangement can prove beneficial to all parties involved, the success of such an arrangement is often dependent upon how that agreement is drafted. The law requires surrogacy pregnancies to be documented in a surrogacy agreement, but those who are unfamiliar with the legal process involved may wind up running afoul of the law. This could result in negative results. When dealing with a child's life, parents' expectations, and extensive medical costs, there is a lot at stake.
Therefore, it is often wise to seek the assistance of an attorney who knows the law surrounding surrogacy. Those attorneys who are experienced can help advise parties about the process so that they know exactly what to expect, including information about timelines and cost. Additionally, a lawyer can help with the surrogate selection process by providing objectivity during a time when emotions may cloud judgment. But that's just the start.
An attorney can help ensure that other, more uncomfortable topics are addressed. For example, an attorney may be more comfortable assisting in the selection of medical and psychological testers who can properly vet potential surrogates. Additionally, a skilled attorney will have no qualms with negotiating payment amounts, which could lead to extensive savings. When a disagreement arises amongst the parties, an attorney can also help problem solve to ensure that an agreement is maintained with an eye on the end result.
Every surrogacy case is different, requiring an individualized approach to the matter. Those who find themselves considering surrogacy need to carefully consider acquiring legal assistance so that they protect themselves and what could be their future child.