LGBT+ Surrogacy in Georgia
Starting a family can be a complex and difficult journey for couples. But LGBT+ couples can have unique concerns that can be difficult to address without the right legal help.
The surrogacy process for LGBT+ families is similar to the process that other couples go through in many ways. But there are personal and legal considerations you need to make as you prepare to move forward in the process.
The more you know about surrogacy, its benefits and limitations, and the laws in Georgia that can impact the process, the better off you’ll be as you begin your parenting journey.
The Surrogacy Process for LGBT Couples
Surrogacy makes it possible for same-sex couples to have children with whom they have a biological connection.
A same-sex male couple can conceive a child by having a surrogate carry the child to term. Lesbian couples who are unable to carry a pregnancy or conceive on their own can also use surrogacy as a viable option.
Surrogacy among LGBT+ couples typically involves the use of in vitro fertilization (IVF). In heterosexual surrogacy, each partner’s genetic material can be used. But same-sex couples must decide who will provide the genetic material needed to create an embryo.
You have to decide who will be the donor of the sperm or egg depending on your circumstances. Surrogacy can be carried out by an anonymous donor as well as someone who has an established relationship with the couple.
Legal Considerations for LGBT+ and Surrogacy
Each state has its own laws related to surrogacy. Consulting with an experienced family law attorney helps you better understand the process under Georgia state law.
Georgia doesn’t have established surrogacy laws in place. Surrogacy is viewed as a legal contract, and the courts will uphold the terms of that contract as long as it was established by both parties in good faith and with legal counsel.
But the lack of laws can make the process easier and more efficient for couples. States that regulate surrogacy through laws can make the process more complicated.
The lack of established surrogacy laws makes it even more important that you work with a family law professional. A skilled attorney can help you make your way through the process and ensure that your rights are protected at each step of the way.
Benefits and Limitations of Surrogacy for LGBT+ Couples
Surrogacy makes it possible for couples to start a family in situations where it might not otherwise be possible. You and your partner can have the opportunity to establish a biological connection with your child.
There are many people available to step in as a surrogate for same-sex couples, giving you more opportunities to get the help you need.
But the surrogacy process can be expensive. The same options for financing the cost of adoption aren’t as available for parents who want to go through the surrogacy process.
Also, despite the growing acceptance of LGBT+ families, there are still biases that you can face from medical professionals and even donors or surrogates.
When choosing a surrogacy professional to work with, ask about their experience working with LGBT+ couples. Find out if they provide additional support that addresses the needs of LGBT+ families before, during, and after the process.
Surrogacy can be an ideal option for LGBT+ couples looking to start their families and parenting journey.
Working with a knowledgeable family law attorney who is experienced in LGBT+ family issues is the best way to determine the right choices for you and your family’s future.