When two people find themselves in love they may have thoughts of marriage and children. What they likely are not thinking of however is legal representation. Of course if a rather wealthy individual has been married and divorced before, certain events may have taken place that would cause them to think about a Reproductive attorney.
Why a Reproductive attorney?
This would be to handle a prenuptial agreement for any future marriage so that this wealthy partner doesn’t lose half of their wealth (again). Another reason for having a Reproductive attorney involved in a relationship would be if you plan to have children and wish to ensure your custodial rights.
Let’s take a look at some specific scenarios where having a Reproductive attorney is a good idea when it comes to same sex relationships where children are involved. As previously mentioned, custodial rights are at the top of the list. If a same sex couple has a child (or children) and one partner was the egg (or sperm) donor, that partner has a biologic connection to the child to establish custodial rights.
However, the other partner would not have a biologic connection, even if a female partner carried the baby, if it was from the other partner’s egg the partner that gave birth still has not biologic connection to the baby.
Third party surrogacy
Having a third party involved in the IVF procedure can further complicate matters if they were to decide that they wish to have custodial rights as well. By having a contract arranged by a Reproductive attorney prior to any procedures this complication can be eliminated before it begins.
Laws pertaining to custodial rights vary from state to state and so it would be in the best interests of all parties involved to have a competent Reproductive attorney involved in the procedure.