Can a parentage order be granted for the following?
Although traditional surrogacy is permitted in Washington D.C., most attorneys and agencies strongly advise against the practice given the increased emotional and legal risks involved.
Who can be declared as the parent(s) of a child from a surrogate via a court parentage order?
– Both Intended Parent(s) can be named on the parentage order.
– Only a genetic Intended Parent can be named on the parentage order. A non-genetic Intended Parent will need to establish parentage via a second or stepparent adoption following birth.
Intended Parent(s) may be listed as Father-Mother, Parent-Parent, or Mother or Father.
Legal and medical steps involved in the surrogacy process may differ from case to case. Please speak with your agency and attorneys about how the process might look for you.
Surrogacy contracts in Washington D.C. are recognized and enforced as long as the statutory requirements are met.
Independent counsel is required for all parties involved in a surrogacy agreement.
To satisfy venue requirements, either the Intended Parent(s) or the surrogate must live in Washington D.C. for at least a year prior to embryo transfer; or the child must be born in Washington D.C.
With the streamlined process and inclusive statutory guidelines, international Intended Parent(s) may find doing surrogacy in Washington D.C. an easy process. International Intended Parent(s) will have additional legal steps to complete before their return home regarding their country’s immigration and citizen laws that impact the child. It’s imperative the international Intended Parent(s) speak with an experienced attorney in their home country about their situation. The law of more than one country will need to be considered if the Intended Parent(s) are citizens or residents of more than one country.
If the child is not going to be born in Washington D.C., then either the Intended Parent(s) or the surrogate must live in the district for at least one year prior to embryo transfer.
The content contained in this website is provided for informational purposes only. Content contained herein may or may not reflect the most current legal information on the subject; accordingly, this website is not promised to be correct or complete at any given time. Outcomes referenced should not be interpreted as an indication of future outcomes. Love & Kindness Surrogacy explicitly disclaims all liability for actions taken or not taken based on the contents of this website.
This website does not constitute a replacement for legal advice or counsel. Always consult an attorney before beginning the surrogacy process.
Last updated October 2019