On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in child custody on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
Millions of people in the U.S. are dealing with an inability to conceive children. Chances are that we all know someone who has had difficulty having children through natural conception methods. In fact, you may be someone who has struggled to get pregnant and have a healthy child.
While this is undoubtedly an upsetting position to be in, there are alternatives that can allow people to start or add to their families. It is important to note, however, that these alternatives oftentimes involve other people and surrendering of parental rights. Because of this, it is crucial to consider the legal elements of these options.
For instance, if you are adopting a child, there are many legal obstacles that you must clear in order to make sure your rights as the adoptive parents are properly established and protected. It will also be vital to ensure the parties giving the child up for adoption have the legal right to do so.
If you are using a surrogate to carry your child, you would be wise to draft legal contracts to confirm the arrangement and set critical boundaries, including financial support.
You may also be using sperm or egg donors to conceive a child. Again, making sure that you legitimize these relationships, expectations and obligations with legal contracts can be essential in protecting your rights as a parent.
Legal contracts and agreements don’t just protect the people looking to add to their families; they also protect the people who are contributing or giving away their genetic material. This is not a decision that a person makes lightly, so taking seriously the legal details of these arrangements can be critical as well.
The attorneys at our firm have helped people across Missouri navigate these legally complicated relationships and arrangements, and we can discuss with you what needs to be done to protect yourself and your growing family. For more information on our background and services, please visit our website.