How We Can Help Guide You Through Your Surrogacy in Georgia
If you’re considering surrogacy in Georgia, there are a few things to know first. Fortunately, our surrogacy attorneys at Claiborne | Fox | Bradley | Goldman can explain them all to you.
Surrogacy in Georgia can be a complicated process, whether you are considering becoming a parent through surrogacy or becoming a surrogate for someone else. It’s important that you fully understand not only the Georgia surrogacy process but also all the surrogacy laws in Georgia before committing to this journey.
Surrogacy is a life-changing decision that comes with many advantages for all involved, but it is also a serious choice that you should only make when you are sure it’s right for you. That’s why our attorneys at Claiborne | Fox | Bradley | Goldman are always available to answer your questions about surrogacy laws in Georgia whenever you are ready, as well as refer you to additional local surrogacy professionals you may need.
To discuss your personal surrogacy situation today, please call our law firm at 404-442-6969. Below, find some basic information about surrogacy in Georgia to learn more.
What to Know About Georgia Surrogacy Laws
Like many states in the South, Georgia has no defined surrogacy laws to turn to. However, a lack of Georgia surrogacy laws does not mean that surrogacy in this state is impossible or unsafe. On the contrary, surrogacy professionals like Claiborne | Fox | Bradley | Goldman have created a safe and legal process to pursue surrogacy here.
However, because there are no surrogacy laws, it’s critical that you work with an experienced surrogacy professional for your journey. Only they can understand the intricacies of surrogacy in Georgia and guide you through the steps to protect your rights through the process.
In Georgia, surrogacy journeys are viewed as legal contracts in the eyes of the law. This means that courts will uphold surrogacy agreements, as long as they are created in good faith with each party represented by proper legal guidance. The details of the surrogacy contract — like surrogate compensation, parental rights, etc. — will be determined by the circumstances of the surrogacy. A surrogacy attorney must create your surrogacy contract in Georgia in order for you to proceed safely and legally.
For more information about the details of Georgia surrogacy laws, please contact our surrogacy attorneys today.
How Surrogacy Works in Georgia
Despite the lack of surrogacy laws in Georgia, the surrogacy process in this state proceeds much like the surrogacy processes in other states with well-defined surrogacy laws. This is because Georgia surrogacy professionals have modeled their processes after those more-regulated states to create as safe a journey as possible.
While every surrogacy journey is different, there are a few common steps involved in this family-building method:
- Find a Surrogacy Partner: You can find a surrogate or intended parents independently, through your own friends or family, or with the assistance of a surrogacy program or agency.
- Pass Screening: Either before or after you find a match, both parties must be approved by a medical and mental health professional.
- Create a Surrogacy Contract: With the assistance of a surrogacy attorney, you’ll create a legal document that lays out expectations, responsibilities, risks and liabilities going forward — essentially, a roadmap for your surrogacy process.
- Complete the Embryo Transfer: After a surrogate undergoes medical preparation, an embryo will be transferred to her uterus by the intended parents’ fertility clinic.
- Establish Parental Rights: After a healthy pregnancy is confirmed, your surrogacy attorney will take steps toward obtaining a pre-birth or other parentage order during the last few months of the pregnancy.
- Welcome the New Baby: Both parties will create a surrogacy delivery plan, the surrogate will give birth to the baby, and the intended parents will bring home their new addition.
Again, the majority of these steps will be laid out in your Georgia surrogacy contract between you and your surrogacy partner. At Claiborne | Fox | Bradley | Goldman , our attorneys have the knowledge of and experience in the surrogacy process to advise you of every step and offer you guidance moving forward.
Professionals Needed for a Surrogacy in Georgia
As you’ve read, you will always need a surrogacy attorney to complete a surrogacy in this state — and our surrogacy attorneys are always ready to help. When you contact our law firm, we stand ready to help you navigate the lack of surrogacy laws in Georgia to create a positive, successful surrogacy journey, whether you are a surrogate or an intended parent. We will help you create a surrogacy contract and, if you are an intended parent, establish your rights to your baby through whatever legal process fits your situation.
While we work with many surrogates and intended parents who complete an independent surrogacy — meaning they only work with an attorney and a fertility clinic — we also work with many surrogacy clients who wish to complete an agency- or program-assisted surrogacy journey. In fact, we can even provide a reference to our surrogacy partner, Southern Surrogacy, if you are interested in this path. Working with a surrogacy program gives you case management, support and counseling services you will not find in an independent surrogacy. These surrogacy professionals are helpful to intended parents and surrogates who are not comfortable with handling every step of their surrogacy process on their own.
When you contact our law firm, we can discuss the pros and cons of working with a surrogacy program in addition to a surrogacy attorney and help you better understand what this path may look like for you.
The final professional you’ll need in a Georgia surrogacy is a fertility clinic, the office which will prepare a surrogate for embryo transfer and complete the eventual medical procedure. Often, intended parents who complete surrogacy can use a clinic they have an existing relationship with. If you have not yet identified a fertility clinic for your journey, our attorneys can offer some local references to help you get started.
Because of our partnership with surrogacy program Southern Surrogacy, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the entire process of surrogacy in Georgia — which will better inform the legal services we provide. When you contact our law firm, we are happy to explain the journey that awaits you, should you choose this path, and answer any questions you may have. We have served many clients as their experienced surrogacy attorney in Georgia, and we can do the same for you.