Infertility affects more couples than you’d guess. It’s estimated that 10% to 20% of all straight couples have trouble conceiving. What this means is that there are millions of couples who’d love to have children, but can’t conceive…without help. Thankfully, help is available. Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART) may help those couples create a child.
Of course, unless they pursue the adoption alternative, all gay couples interested in having a child, need a donor’s and/or a gestational carrier’s help.
Infertility can be treated with many different methods, including: superovulation and intrauterine insemination; In vitro fertilization; follicle stimulation and monitoring; testicular sperm extraction; a gestational carrier; donor egg program (DEP); or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Whenever an unmarried couple creates a child or a married couple creates a child with the help of a third party, whether a donor or a carrier, all concerned should consult a lawyer experienced with ART issues. Donors and carriers need legal assurance they will not be identified as the child’s parents or financial responsible for the child. Intended parents need legal assurance that, in the law’s eyes, they will be the child’s parents. Others have concerns, too. For example, a State’s Department of Vital Statistics needs to know who to identify as parents on a child’s birth certificate; and medical providers need to know who to bill for a newborn’s medical care, and to whom a child should be discharged.
Gjesdahl Law has helped many couples, and many gestational carriers, through the assisted reproduction thicket. We’d love to help you, too!