GESTATIONAL CARRIER AGREEMENTS
A Gestational Carrier Agreement or Surrogacy Agreement defines the rights and obligations of all parties involved in a surrogacy arrangement. This document is the basis for establishing the parental rights of the Intended Parents, and for terminating any parental rights or proprietary interests of the Gestational Carrier or Surrogate.
What's the difference?
A Gestational Carrier carries a child she is not genetically related to for the benefit of the Intended Parent(s). A Traditional Surrogate both provides the egg used in conception and carries the child for the benefit of the Intended Parent(s).
Each state has different surrogacy laws.
In New York, Gestational Carrier Agreements are governed by the Child Parent Security Act. New York law prohibits traditional surrogacy arrangements.
In Maine, Gestational Carrier Agreements are governed by The Maine Parentage Act. The Maine Parentage Act provides a traditional surrogacy arrangement may only be entered into if the Traditional Surrogate is a family member of an Intended Parent.
We represent parties to independent gestational carrier arrangements and parties planning surrogacy journeys with the assistance of a surrogacy agency. We also have experiencing navigating the unique needs of international Intended Parents pursuing surrogacy in the United States.