Surrogacy And Assisted Reproduction Law
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Unique Knowledge Of Assisted Reproduction
Victoria Ferrara is an international surrogacy lawyer committed to protecting the rights of parents who are undergoing assisted reproduction. In 2011, she served as the lead attorney in the Connecticut Supreme Court case of
Raftopol vs. Ramey. This decision set a new standard of legal parentage for nongenetic parents involved in surrogacy. According to the ruling:
“An Intended Parent who is a party to a gestational agreement may be deemed the legal parent of the child to be born whether or not that Intended Parent is genetically related to the child.”
This means that if you are not biologically related to your child, but you sign a gestational agreement prior to the child’s birth, you are the child’s legal parent. Before this ruling, legal parentage could only be established after the child was born through adoption.
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