New Ways To Create Families

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is the term for technology used to achieve pregnancy in procedures such as fertility medication, artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and surrogacy. I work as an assisted reproductive technology attorney in Indianapolis and am dedicated to helping build families in an ethical manner. If you are employing the services of an egg donor, sperm donor, embryo donor or gestational carrier/surrogate or are acting in one of these capacities, it is important to consult with an attorney experienced in ART. I have substantial experience helping individuals and families using assisted reproductive technology to build their family.

Why You Need An Experienced Attorney

When it comes to using assisted reproductive technology, it is very important to have an experienced attorney by your side to help the process go smoothly and to protect everyone involved. This is especially true when arrangements cross state lines and could involve conflicting laws. I strive to provide advice that helps intended parents understand the potential legal risks involved in their reproductive arrangement and then put in place agreements and other protections to help minimize risks.

I can prepare, negotiate and review contracts for:

  • Traditional surrogacy
  • Gestational surrogacy
  • Egg donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Embryo donation/adoption

These agreements are very important. Specific language must be included in these contracts to protect all parties involved, including the donor, intended parents and the child. I understand the complex laws regarding assisted reproductive technology and how parental rights will be impacted.

Traditional Surrogacy Vs. Gestational Surrogacy

If you are considering surrogacy, whether you are looking to build your family or are interested in becoming a surrogate, it is important to understand the two types of surrogacy.

Traditional surrogacy involves a surrogate who provides her own egg to be inseminated by the intended father or by a sperm donor for a couple. The surrogate will relinquish her parental rights through adoption so the parents can gain legal rights to the child.

Gestational surrogacy involves a surrogate who is implanted with an embryo containing the intended mother's egg and the intended father's sperm (or potentially a donor). It is important to consider the parental rights of all parties involved (and their presumed parental rights under Indiana law) and work to ensure that the couple that all parties desire to be the child's legal parents is on the initial birth certificate. If done appropriately, it is possible to obtain a prebirth order that identifies the intended parents on the child's initial birth certificate and fulfills the intentions of the parties. I regularly draft surrogacy agreements and obtain prebirth orders to fulfill the wishes of the parties.

I also work closely with intended parents seeking a gestational carrier for their child and with surrogates who desire to help a couple realize their dream of having a child of their own. Please contact me to discuss options if you are considering being a surrogate or need assistance locating a surrogate.

Embryo Adoption/Donation

When a couple undergoes in vitro fertilization (IVF), several embryos are created, usually more than will be needed. The remaining embryos are frozen and often stored for a long time. Once the legal parents of an embryo decide that they will not use the remaining embryos, they have basically three options: discard the embryos, donate them for research or donate to another couple. The process of embryo donation/adoption allows the genetic parents of the frozen embryos to transfer their legal rights to an embryo to another couple who seek to adopt the embryo and subsequently parent the child. Upon receipt of the donated embryo, the recipient proceeds with the second half of the IVF cycle. Embryo donation/adoption in Indiana is very complicated due to the fact that there are no statutory procedures governing the process. As such, it is very important to contact an assisted reproductive technology lawyer to help in the process from the very beginning.

Sperm Donation/Egg Donation

As you would likely guess, sperm donation is the process by which a man donates his sperm so that it may be used to impregnate a woman and produce a child through IVF or artificial insemination. Similarly, egg donation is the process by which a woman provides one or several eggs (ova) for purposes of assisted reproduction through IVF and contemplates that the eggs will be fertilized and implanted into another woman's uterus. Donors may be anonymous or identified. I draft egg donation and sperm donation agreements so that the intentions of the parties are set forward clearly and unambiguously, which provides the best protection for all parties involved.

Surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technology services highlight the technological advances in family planning. Having an experienced and skilled ART attorney by your side during this process can ensure that you and your family are protected.

Free, No-Obligation Consultations

To discuss assisted reproductive technology services in detail and the ways I can help, call me at 317-566-2174 or contact me online. I offer free, no-obligation consultations.