Surrogacy Arrangements and Surrogacy Agreements
Whether you are an Intended Parent that is interested in engaging a Surrogate or you are in the process of becoming a Surrogate, the proper legal arrangement is crucial to protect you as you proceed on the fertility journey.
To proceed with a surrogacy arrangement, the Fertility Clinic will require a formal Surrogacy Agreement (“SA”) to be in place. The SA is a detailed document that includes provisions to govern ALL matters that may come up in a surrogacy arrangement. As examples, the Surrogate’s conduct during pregnancy, the requirement to follow medical requirements during pregnancy, the Surrogate’s surrender of rights after birth, the protocol of expense reimbursement to the Surrogate, etc.
A surrogacy agreement is a specialized contract that requires experienced lawyers in order to achieve cost and time efficiencies. When acting on your behalf (either the Intended Parent(s) or the Surrogate), we typically refer the opposite party to a lawyer that is also experienced in surrogacy matters and familiar with Canadian Fertility Lawyer’s form of SA (which generally keeps costs down for the Intended Parents). Once the SA is finalized and executed, we send a Legal Clearance Letter to the applicable Fertility Clinic and the medical processes may begin.