In the United States, assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy have been the cultural norm for decades, however their acceptance is not universal. Some countries have an outright ban on both compassionate and compensated surrogacy, while others restrict surrogate compensation to only medical expenses. Fortunately, the United States has some of the most favorable surrogacy laws in the world, allowing international couples to fulfill their dreams of having a child through the U.S. legal system. In addition to legal accessibility, Intended Parents may choose the U.S. because of the quality of medical care provided to the surrogate, and the compensation the Surrogate may receive.
While it is critical for an international Intended Parents to seek legal representation from an attorney in their home country, it is of equal importance to also hire an attorney where the surrogate will give birth. Having an attorney in both locations ensures the intended parents have an advocate who can anticipate any legal issues that may arise, especially regarding immigration. Having worked with clients from dozens of other countries, McArthur Law Firm has the experience, expertise, and network to provide comprehensive legal services to international couples seeking to use a surrogate in the United States, such as drafting, reviewing, and negotiating donor and gestational carrier agreements.
One of the biggest concerns for international intended parents is what citizenship the child will receive at birth. All children born in the United States are automatically granted citizenship. McArthur Law Firm will petition the Colorado court for a pre-birth order to ensure that the intended parents’ names are placed on the birth certificate, and we can aid in obtaining a U.S. passport so the child may travel back to their parents’ home country. Additionally, McArthur Law Firm can coordinate translation services.
At McArthur Law Firm we look forward to supporting Intended Parents from all over the globe as they complete their families.