Gestational Carrier Contract Attorney

gestational Carrier Contract Attorney

Starting a family is an important step forward in many couples’ lives. Luckily, when biological difficulties prevent couples from giving birth the traditional way, Louisiana law allows some families to enlist the aid of a surrogate, or gestational carrier.

But having a baby with a gestational carrier can be a complicated legal process. At Stanley-Wallace Law, our team of family law attorneys have the experience and knowledge of the law to help couples through the legal process and make sure their and their surrogates’ rights are protected.

louisiana’s Act No. 494

In 2016, the Louisiana state legislature passed Act No. 494, which allows couples to enter into gestational carrier agreements with the person who’s agreed to act as their surrogate.

However, this act only allows certain couples to enter into gestational carrier agreements. There are two requirements couples must meet to be protected under Act No. 494:

  • The couple must be married
  • They must use their own gametes

This means that same-sex couples are excluded from the act, as well as couples whose female partner is not able to produce gametes. In other words, Louisiana courts will only allow a couple to enter into a gestational carrier agreement if both will be genetically related to the child.

gestational Carrier Contracts

The act has come under criticism for excluding certain couples from its protection. However, couples who do meet the requirements of the act are able to enter into a “gestational carrier contract” with their chosen surrogate.

A gestational carrier contract is a legally-enforceable document that lays out the terms of the surrogacy and requires both the couple and the surrogate to agree to certain terms.

According to Act No. 494, both parties must agree to the following terms:

The surrogate must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 35
  • Must have already given birth to at least one child
  • Must agree to reasonable medical evaluation and treatment during the pregnancy
  • Must have undergone at least two counseling sessions
  • Must agree to a post-birth counseling session

The couple must meet the following requirements, in addition to those explained above:

  • Must agree and recognize that the gestational surrogate has the sole authority to make medical decisions during the term of the pregnancy as if she was a woman carrying her own biological child
  • Must agree to accept custody and assume full parental rights to the child, regardless of any impairment
  • Must agree to be recognized as the legal parents of the child

If all goes well, the baby will transfer to the couple’s custody upon birth. Any disputes regarding the agreement can be arbitrated and decisions enforced by a judge as a result of the gestational carrier contract.

how Stanley-wallace Can Help

At Stanley-Wallace Law, we know how important having a baby is to you. And while you may trust your surrogate completely, it’s always a good idea to lay down your agreements in a legally-enforceable document to avoid any obstacles in the future. That’s where we come in.

Once you find the surrogate you want to work with, we can help you with all of the legal steps necessary to get your gestational carrier contract approved:

  • Drafting and negotiating the contract
  • Filing the contract and getting it approved by court
  • Final sign-off by the court and you can take your baby home!

Through surrogates, modern medicine has the ability to help you bring a child into this world. Don’t let legal red tape stop you from having children on your own terms.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out what we can do to help you start your family.

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