Family Formation Blog

What Happens if There is a Dispute Over the Terms of the Surrogacy Contract?

Ever since the infamous case of Baby M. in 1986, both surrogates and those who plan to become the child's legal parents are aware of the potential for contract disputes. At that time, the focus revolved around two questions: Is it legal for a woman to receive monetary...

How Do We Know the Birth Mother is Telling the Truth About her Background?

Adopting a child is one of the most important decisions you can make in your life, so it is both natural and necessary that you would be interested in the birth mother's background. This is where birth mother screening services come in.

Can I Surprise My Steparent With an Adoption of Me?

It is a natural inclination of many children to desire to be adopted by their stepparent. In many cases, a stepchild would like to surprise their stepparent after going ahead on their own to get the ball rolling. While such a heartwarming gesture is a lovely idea, the laws...

What Are Agency Requirements for Post Adoption Contact with the Birth Mother?

For decades, the details of private agency adoption were a well-kept secret. The rationale back then originated with the idea of protecting the birth mother and child from the stigma of illegitimacy. Fortunately, times change.

Do I Have a Right to an Attorney Throughout the Surrogacy Journey?

Expanding your family via surrogacy is an amazing journey. As parents, you are entrusting the first nine months of growth and development of your precious child to someone else. In addition to protecting your legal rights, an attorney experienced in surrogate legal services...

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