For some, Assisted Reproductive Technology provides a wonderful alternative way to build or expand their family. However, this is an area where science has outpaced the law and the law is in many instances still evolving and uncertain. Collaborative Reproduction, including gamete donation (sperm and egg donation) embryo donation and surrogacy (both traditional – where the carrier is the biological parent of the child- and gestational – where the carrier bears no biological connection to the child), implicates important legal rights and relationships. It is important to have knowledgeable counsel to advise you regarding your rights obligations and expectations.
For over a decade, Rumbold & Seidelman has concentrated its practice in this evolving area of the law. As counsel on two landmark decisions in New York: Doe v. New York City Bd. of Health, 5 Misc. 3rd. 424, 782 N.Y.S.2d 180 (2004) and T.V. v New York State Department of Health, 88 AD3d 290, 929 N.Y.S.2d 139 (App Div 2d, 2011) Rumbold and Seidelman has helped to advance New York law so that the genetic mother of a child delivered by a gestational carrier can now be recognized as her child’s legal parent without an adoption proceeding or DNA test. Rumbold & Seidelman is also at the forefront of reforming New York’s restrictive and out of date laws so that parents of children born through assisted reproductive technology are securely recognized as their child’s legal parents from birth. Both Nina and Denise are major contributors to the Child Parent Security Act which was introduced to the New York legislature in 2012.
Regardless of what form of collaborative reproduction you are considering, we can inform you of your options and provide you with the legal counsel you require to make the best choices.