Legal representation (2 stages):
1) Contract stage
During this stage we draft or review a surrogacy contract for the Intended Parents or surrogate specific to your situation and needs. Once a surrogacy contract is properly executed by all parties’, a legal clearance letter will be drafted and sent to the fertility clinic so the clinic can proceed with an embryo transfer cycle.
2) Determination of parentage stage
Early in the second trimester, we draft or review documents for the Intended Parents or surrogate to submit to the court to determine that the Intended Parents are the legal parents of the child born through surrogacy.
A signed order by the court directs the Colorado Department of Vital Statistics to insert the name(s) of the Intended Parent(s) on their child’s birth certificate (as opposed to that of the surrogate and her husband, if she is married). This protects each parties’ interests regarding inheritance and asset protection and other important legal interests.
For international Intended Parents returning to their country of citizenship with their child, the assistance of legal counsel in their home country is often required to address and secure parental rights, citizenship and immigration.