Surrogacy, either gestational or traditional, is neither permitted nor prohibited by WY Stat § 14-2-403(d). WY Stat § 14-2-901 et seq touches on ART procedures. However, any discussion of surrogacy in Wyoming is theoretical at this time; there are no known petitions for parentage orders to date in Wyoming.
The only surrogacy-related parentage orders have occurred when Vital Records honored an out-of-state pre-birth order from the Intended Parents’ home state. In this case, a birth certificate was issued naming them as legal parents. However, the Intended Parents were a married, heterosexual couple, so it is difficult to extrapolate how other cases might proceed in Wyoming.
Can a parentage order be obtained by the following?
Wyoming does not distinguish between gestational and traditional surrogacy in its statutes.
There currently isn’t enough data on Wyoming surrogacy rulings to assess what potential Intended Parent(s) might anticipate in their process.
– 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 or Parent.
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.
It is unknown whether surrogacy contracts in Wyoming would be recognized and enforced by the state.
Independent counsel is recommended, but not required, for all parties involved in a surrogacy agreement.
Wyoming has no statutory requirements that must be met for surrogates and Intended Parent(s) to participate in a surrogacy agreement. However, agencies and fertility clinics have their own requirements based on the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys.
Wyoming statute W.S. § 14-2-811 allows for parentage proceedings to begin prior to a child’s birth, but the process does not conclude until after the child is born.
Between Wyoming’s lack of ART resources and lack of experience providing parentage orders, Wyoming may be a challenging location for international Intended Parent(s) to build their family. 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 is imperative the international Intended Parent(s) speak with an experienced attorney in their home country about the facts of 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.
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Last updated October 2019